Members of a multiagency team who demonstrate the coalition personality:
- work towards a common and shared goal
- are resilient (in demanding and challenging situations)
- are flexible and adaptable
- can get on with people and work in a team environment
- are aware of themselves and others
- are willing to see others’ perspectives
- are culturally aware and sensitive.
The characterisation of the coalition personality focuses on the individual and how they behave in a team;
however, there is also a collective element to the coalition concept—the coalition culture. Building a
coalition or collaborative culture across agencies is also not a simple or short-term endeavour and results
from a range of factors:
- a common purpose
- shared values (that support collaboration)
- an environment that acknowledges and rewards collaboration
- processes, structures and tools that enable collaboration (or remove/reduce barriers to collaboration).
Building a coalition or collaborative culture is a shared responsibility, with leadership making the desired
culture explicit and ensuring alignment between this expectation and mission plans, policies, structures,
systems, processes, etc.