Team Diversity is the significant uniqueness of each individual on a team. This should not only include the usual diverse selections such as religion, sex, age, and race, but also additional unique personality characteristics such as introverts and extroverts, liberals and conservatives, etc. All of these differences can affect team interactions and performance.
Diversity in teams brings enormous benefits, but can also present challenges. However, by being aware of these challenges and how to address them, teams and team managers can overcome them and reach success. Managers can combat this by mixing teams, creating smaller mixed teams for sub-tasks, monitoring all team members’ progress and allowing individuals to volunteer for projects rather than being cast into their default role as defined by their stereotypical category.