Creating an high performance team involves creating an empowered team of engaged individuals. Expensive tools, effective processes and extensive budgets mean little unless you have the right people. Overwhelming research reveals people engaged in a common goal produce the greatest results. To achieve a high performance team, individuals must be engaged, feel their efforts and opinions are valued and are rewarded for their input and contribution.
A person’s team leader is likely the most influential factor in an individual’s level of engagement. Effective team leaders create shared goals, assign goals with a person’s skill set and aspirations, create fair measures, delegate responsibility and reward individuals for their contributions.
Consider the following as you construct your high performance team.
Common Goals. An imperative ingredient in team success is a clear, common, and compelling purpose. Goals and a purpose give team members reasons to commit to the team.
Clear roles. It’s necessary that each team member is clear about their role in the team, as well as the roles of other team members. High performance teams leverage different roles against the collective work of the team.
Leadership. In most organizational instances, the team leader outlines the team purpose and fosters and evokes discussions on its meaning and nature.
Effective processes. Processes and teams go hand in hand. Clearly defined processes, which may include solving problems, making decisions, managing a meeting, or designing a product.
Delegate. Provide team members with the resources they need and hold them accountable for results.
Recognize Individuals and Results. Recognize individual contributions, as well as group achievements. Recognize all individual contributors and repeat recognition often.
High performance teams work in unison toward a shared goal. High performance team have leaders who define team goals and priorities, facilitate collaboration among team members, manage team performance and create opportunities for success. Successful teams maintain active participation and work to construct a supportive environment.