Have you ever heard a speech from a CEO about the vision of the business he or she leads? There is always one thing that will never miss from the speech. And that is the mention of the impeccable accomplishments of his or her team. Without a team, it will be difficult to cover all areas of business that need attending and therefore it is essential for any entrepreneur or businessperson to know what makes a team tick. This post will be looking at the key characteristics of a high performing team which might be useful in the near future or right now.
There is a belief that the team’s work is important
Having a greater cause than just an assignment will make sure that the team believes in the importance of the work they are doing. Since they are doing it for the greater cause or good of the business, they will not feel like their work will just be thrown on the “finished” pile and instead has an incremental effect on the result of the company.
There is a feeling that their work is personally meaningful
Most people’s main concern is themselves, so therefore it is necessary to make the work personally meaningful for them. This means that it has to have some benefit to themselves (i.e. learning a new skill or gaining a certain accolade). Although it may sound egotistical, it is understandable that people are motivated by things they can gain themselves rather than others. If this was not the case, the amount of people envious of others’ success would be, inevitably, many times smaller.
There are clear goals and defined roles
All teams need a sense of direction, a sort of road-map on where they are going and which paths to take. And eventually see the end destination, no matter how far the road-map stretches. Everybody has their role and everybody knows their goals. This will avoid any unnecessary conflict based on tasks or where the responsibility lies for actions taken. Clarity on goals and roles (inside and outside of departments) will allow the team(s) a certain amount of autonomy in their decision making which will make your job easier and less of a micro-management issue (which consumes an immense amount of time).
They can depend on each other
If your team can depend on each other’s support, it will be a very difficult road full of distrust and low quality work that will be delivered to your doorstep. At the end of the day, even in a single relationship you need to be able to depend on each other. The same thing will be applied to a team of five, ten or a hundred. It is about trust and being able to rely on each other’s integrity and work ethic.
There is psychological safety
This is the most important factor for leaders to consider. There needs to be equal value and weight in all of your team members’ opinions during every meeting. Leaders should make it easier for team members to express their opinion about decisions that directly or indirectly affect their work. Valuing each opinion equally will allow there to be an unfiltered exchange of ideas whereby performance of the team will incrementally improve in the long run.
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