6 Collaboration Skills That Drive Achievement


  1. Completes tasks as they have been assigned or agreed upon by the group.
  2. Helps team members complete tasks, as needed.
  3. Encourages the ideas, opinions, and contributions of others, leveraging individual strengths.
  4. Provides feedback in a manner that is sensitive to others’ situation/feelings.
  5. Clarifies areas of disagreement/conflict that need to be addressed to achieve a common goal.
  6. Seeks to obtain resolution of disagreements/conflicts to achieve a common goal.

Main Message

Skills for teamwork and collaboration – working constructively and cooperatively with others – shouldn’t be undervalued. These skills are gaining importance in and outside of the workplace. Collaborative settings promote a welcoming atmosphere where people feel comfortable and accepted. Team leaders and facilitators monitor group dynamics to ensure that no one is left out and that attention is paid to issues of power and control, comfort levels with activities and peers, experiences of new group members in particular, and to group stage development.

By bringing attention to these details of group dynamics, people are made aware of typical group interaction patterns and expected behaviors. They develop, through practice and feedback, skills for developing relationships with peers and for respectful collaboration.


Terms often used represent these skills:

Cooperative Learning
Peer Interactions
Conflict Resolution
Social Problem Solving