Look around your company, your friends companies, previous companies and dream companies…. Do you see a high performing team? Are you in the high performing team, do you want to be in the high performing team? What makes a high performing team?
A high performing team is a group of individuals with specific roles, skills and capabilities, working together and aligned to one purpose and goal. High performing teams display high levels of innovation and collaboration on specific tasks and objectives and often interchange their roles and responsibilities. Leadership is not specifically assigned to one individual, but rather is interchanged among the various members to cater for specific goals and needs. High performance teams have a strong energy and actively drive their goals and activities to achieve their goals. Members hold one another accountable to the objectives and also have a high level of trust and respect for one another. Team members are available and willing to support one-another and work together to resolve conflict when it arises to ensure the team stays on track and achieves its goals.
Sounds ideal doesn’t it?
I’m certain that through reading that you could think of a few of your fellow team mates that might need to improve on things…right? Now which team mate is thinking the same of you? Every member of every team can always improve themselves before identifying the room for development in themselves.
Below are a few common characteristics of high performing teams, perhaps see where you can develop and also implement some changes in your own team if necessary…
- Participative leadership – using a democratic leadership style that involves and engages team members
- Effective decision-making – using a blend of rational and intuitive decision making methods, depending on that nature of the decision task
- Open and clear communication – ensuring that the team mutually constructs shared meaning, using effective communication methods and channels
- Valued diversity – valuing a diversity of experience and background in team, contributing to a diversity of viewpoints, leading to better decision making and solutions
- Mutual trust – trusting in other team members and trusting in the team as an entity
- Managing conflict – dealing with conflict openly and transparently and not allowing grudges to build up and destroy team morale
- Clear goals – goals that are developed using SMART criteria; also each goal must have personal meaning and resonance for each team member, building commitment and engagement
- Defined roles and responsibilities – each team member understands what they must do (and what they must not do) to demonstrate their commitment to the team and to support team success
- Coordinative relationship – the bonds between the team members allow them to seamlessly coordinate their work to achieve both efficiency and effectiveness
Positive atmosphere – an overall team culture that is open, transparent, positive, future-focused and able to deliver success
- courtesy of Wikipedia
Lastly, connect with your team members, understand what’s important to them, what’s their WHY in life, what means something to them. Understand what makes them tick; laugh together outside of work and you will sooner work closer together at work. When you spend 75% of your adult life at work, make the effort to enjoy the place and people you work with.