“High-performing teams don’t exist in isolation. They have to be able to influence the goals of the organization to achieve excellence. Professor John Milton-Smith.
The above quote means that the most effective teams can only be defined as exceptional by the way they interact and influence. There are many principles that are involved in the creation of a high-performing team. Below are a few that were discussed in the recent leadership meeting I attended, along with my remarks.
1. Common Goals
This is probably the primary factor that drives the team that is highly performing towards success, as defined by their company. Despite the fact that there are many distractions, which make the most successful teams function even under challenging situations, shared objectives are a part of their values, as they must always support the goals we set for ourselves.
2 Good Leadership
As we are all aware is all about outcomes; the tangible proof of success is the use of a method that later is revealed as simply that is leadership. The role of leadership is to ensure success in teams, as every team must be a leader. Teams with high performance don’t exist in the absence of. They thrive (and do not just survive) through the use of sound leadership principles. The team members are inspired by their manager, while team members endure their boss.
3. Effective Communications
Most elite teams never succeed without solid determination, and consistency, and ease of communication. Not only is it efficient, however, it’s also often inspirational. Effective communications are stimulating (like poetic motion) since it is the only time it occurs. Effective communications are at the heart of the team’s success, and ineffective communication is the root of errors, incidents, and failure.
4. Role Clarity
Team members are aware of what is expected of them, and it’s a good fit with their own passions and skills. In addition, they can be flexible, filling into the role of team members who are injured on short notice because they are aware of the possibility to be a part of the team, seeing their role in the overall picture as more significant than the task they typically perform. That is, they recognize that the overall scope is greater than the specific job they play and fully support it.
5. Willingness to challenge and change
It takes courage to take on this challenge, both in both a collective and individual way. Being able to accept change with confidence requires faith and dedication. A team that is highly productive empowers each member to engage in a setting free of anxiety freely. No repercussions are to be considered.
An effective leader is one who encourages challenging the status quo because they don’t fear the truth. They recognize that the truth will only free us. They recognize that changing something in the truest sense, i.e., reacting to reality in a way that is pleasing to members of the team or the group as all-inclusive it is a win-win situation. They do it with enthusiasm and willingness.
In the end, there’s an underlying bond of maturity that binds the team that is performing well, both as a team and individually. Acceptance is prevalent and is a form of rejection. The foundation of trust is infecting the culture of the group as a continuous stream.
Steve Wickham is a registered safety practitioner (BSc, MSIA, RSP) and is a licensed, unordained Christian Minister (GradDipBib&Min). He also holds Leadership and training Diplomas. His love of work is facilitation and coaching, helping people reach the highest level of their potential. Steve’s primary interest is the balance between work and life and creating value in living. He also enjoys exploring who we are as individuals.