Dos or donts team charter

Book reference - worksheet 8.1

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A team charter is basically a written covenant, agreement or code of conduct that the team work together to create. It can consist of a set of values, habits and/or behaviours that the team are then willing to commit to, with each other and in their day-to-day work.

Creating a team charter pledges teams to high performance. I’ve found that it’s worth spending time with teams – at all levels – to produce one. They can be a game changer for organisations subject to shifting cultures and unwritten rules.

A team charter needs to become part of the team’s DNA in the following ways:

  • Reminds the team of their core values and what they mean to them
  • Drives behaviours for which the team will hold each other to account
  • Identifies which reactive behaviours will be called out by the team
  • Commits the team to a common purpose

Here’s a simple format that you can use with any team. See downloads below to access worksheets.

For more details on developing a team charter and additional exercises, please purchase my book: Developing High Performance Teams on the link provided below.

The book is a toolkit to help managers, consultants, trainers and facilitators to run exceptional team development events.


The resources below are free for you to download and use for your team development event. All I ask is that you attribute it the source appropriately, please as well as the supporting text and references from my book. It is important that you honour this, please.

Please also let me know how you get on using it. I'd love to hear from you.

Thank you. 

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