Just assembling a group of people together does not make them a high performing team. Generally, positive team experiences are a rarity. If you have been part of a high performing team, you are probably waiting to replicate the same team situation. The way of building a high performing, a predictable team is to understand the common characteristics of teams that consistently achieve exceptional results.

Create a common vision and purpose

The purpose of the team should be clear, common, and compelling. If the purpose is vague and undefined, the team will be left trying to figure out what success is supposed to look like and are unlikely to be misaligned.    A common purpose holds the team together even during turbulent times that are inevitable. A clear purpose gives people reason to commit and engage. Creating this alignment to the common purpose is one of the most important roles of leadership. There are four essential conditions for team alignment.

An effective leader will ensure the team is clear of:

Clear roles: Every team member is clear of their own role as well as the role of other team members. Achieving clarity in goals is possible through discussion, effective communication, and collaboration.

A Competent leader: To be a high performing team, as a  competent leader needs to have a vision, commitment and effectively communicates with leadership presence that commands respect and trust from the team.   Refer to our previous articles on the Qualities of a High Performing leader for further information.

Leadership mindset: There are five qualities that make up the mindset of good leaders.

A leader will engage the team in effective processes: All teams effectively use processes in place for solving issues, making decisions and collaborating.  High-performance teams can work together to identify, map, and then perfect their processes as they go. They constantly evaluate the effectiveness of key processes, asking questions such as:

Strong relationships: A leader can foster building strong relationships with their team members by engaging in effective conversations that creates a collaborative work environment. A leader sets the scene as the environment that commands respect, understanding, courtesy, and trust.

Communication: A leader also sets the scene to ensure rapid, clear, timely, accurate communication is a characteristic of his or her team. High-performance teams waste very little time on misunderstanding or confusion.

Eloise Tzimas


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