Engaged employees create high performance teams. Engagement occurs when individuals feel their efforts and opinions are valued and rewarded. Leaders create engaged high performance teams by creating shared goals, aligning goals with an individual’s skills, creating quantifiable metrics, delegating responsibility and authority and rewarding contributors.
Developing and sustaining engaged high performance teams can helped be accomplished through the following:
Goals: The most important element for a team’s success is a clear, common and compelling goal. A team’s goal provides the reason for collaboration and a reason for individuals to commit to a team. Shared goals brings the team together, creates synergy and provides cohesion during turbulent times.
Roles: Each team member must be clear on their role and the roles of their fellow teammates. High performance teams leverage different roles against the collaborate work. Individuals on the team should be sought with their natural skills in mind. Not every member is able to do every task.
Leaders: Weak leaders can cause disfunction and ineffectiveness among the team. On most occasions, leaders facilitate vision, commitment and communication. A solid vision and the ability to see it through is an important aspect of strong leadership. The team leader who values the mission and works to achieve it will influence and inspire the team.
Delegation: Team members must be given the resources they need to accomplish this goals and be held accountable for their results. Team members should be guided down a clear path through a discovery process.
Recognition: People feel valued when they are recognize for their contributions and achievements. Team members must feel appreciated for the duties they accomplish.