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What Is The Difference Between a Committee and a Team

Different Between a Committee and A Team

Committee or Team?

Is your organization made up of a committee or a team? Leadership can best be defined as a collective effort. It is not a one-man show. Leaders are not called to go out solo. For leaders to see good results, it is all about creating teamwork over a committee.

What exactly is a team? In one of Webster’s earlier dictionaries, a team was defined as “Two or more horses harnessed to the same plow.” A team is a group of people working cooperatively to accomplish a common mission or goal through the exercise of their gifts and calling in the context of mutual accountability.

A group of willing team members are:

  • United around a clear and challenging common goal.
  • Structured to work together.
  • Sharing responsibility for their task.
  • Depending upon each other.
  • Building relationships with each other.
  • Empowered to carry out consensus decisions.

The difference of a team from a committee can be understood when committees are defined.  Committees are:

  • Usually administrative.
  • Hands-on organizationally.
  • Often spend much time deciding if something “needs to be done.”
  • Heavy involvement in decision-making.
  • Typically oversee and carry out programs.

Committees offer a service. However, a more useful approach could be created in situations where a team strategy is applied.  Here is the difference between committees and teams.

Differences Between Teams and Committees



Strong leader

Shared leadership

Individual accountability

Mutual accountability

Committees purposes same as the broader organizations

Specific team purpose that the team itself delivers

Efficient meetings

Encourage open-ended discussion and effective problem-solving meetings

Measure effectiveness indirectly by its influence on others

Measure performance directly by assessing collective work products

Discuss, decide, and delegate

Discuss, decide, and do real work together

What is your organization like?  Is it a committee or a team?  Do you think it would be better for your organization to work as a team or a committee?

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