Strategies for Building a High Performing Team
Building a high-performing team is complex. It requires patience, learning, training, trial and error, and encouragement. This blog consolidates a wealth of information that supports your pursuit of excellence. Laying out a clear vision of the team’s goal, and inspiring its members to achieve it, is fundamental to the team’s success.
Characteristics of a High-Performing Team
A team’s excellence stands out to others and to its members.
- Each member of the team is solidly committed to its purpose, each other, and its customers.
- Talents are complementary, with each member’s unique skills adding to group strength.
- High performance expectations are made of each team member.
- The team keeps each other accountable for their responsibilities.
- Members share mutual trust.
- They routinely exchange information and ideas.
- The team genuinely enjoys its work.
Use These Strategies to Build Performance
You can use lessons from high-performing teams to select strategies that boost a team’s function.
- Adopt a coaching style of leadership that encourages innovation as it supports each member’s unique skills and contributions.
- The leader should run interference to assure that external influences do not impede the team’s work.
- Select highly motivated, talented team members—doing so increases performance.
- Offer incentives to encourage individual and group performance. These can include monetary and skill development options as external motivators.
- Encourage morale and internal motivation by supporting innovation, risk-taking, and open sharing of vison and ideas.
- Use open communication to manage conflict.
- Engage the team in shared decision-making to foster communication and cooperation.
- Take time outs to assess progress without judgment.
- Have the team identify ways to celebrate success.
Team Development Indicators
Watch for these indicators of your team’s increasing performance.
- Team members resolve conflicts independently.
- Individuals cheer each other on and readily share talents and information.
- Group performance meetings are interactive.
- Your leadership role shifts as the group leads itself.
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