Swedish Teams


Basic Swedish characteristics of community, egalitarianism and consensus-seeking all blend to make Swedes good team players - so long as the team accords to their ideals. A team, which consists of a strong leader instructing junior team members, is unlikely to succeed.

There is a need for continuous consultation and for an ongoing 'buy-in' process. Team meetings are, therefore, likely to be reasonably frequent and sometimes long.

Each team member expects and is expected to perform his or her individual tasks with the minimum of supervision from superiors. Such unwarranted supervision might be seen as a criticism or lack of trust in professional capabilities.