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collaborating in teams behaviors

The single behaviours are summarised in different headlines that illustrate what “collaborating in teams” means for youth workers behaviour-wise. The “cluster headlines” do not name behaviours as such; these can be found through clicking on the lists.

Building a team requires its members to show sensitivity and support. + -

This means that as team members, youth workers:

  • promote communication and collaboration amongst team members to nurture qualities and deal with resistance
  • help build team spirit and trust
  • request and offer support where needed
  • coach colleagues – where possible and requested
  • use their own privilege and power for the benefit of others
Working on and with the competences in the team increases the qualities of the work. + -

Youth workers:

  • identify diversity, strengths and weaknesses in the team 
  • ensure that knowledge, skills, styles and preferences in the team are shared and communicated
  • deepen knowledge of particular topics/issues
In case of unexpected/unpleasant situations, it is needed that youth workers both handle and pro-actively engage with them + -

Youth workers therefore

  • demonstrate empathy
  • act authentically
  • apply feedback techniques
  • receive and express criticism in an open, respectful and constructive way
  • steer collective and individual emotions in a positive direction, including towards action where relevant
  • deal with frustration in a constructive manner
  • self-reflect on their own values, beliefs and attitudes
Resources and time are also needed for team building and teamwork. + -


  • youth workers allocate adequate resources to team building
  • youth workers allocate adequate time to team building

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