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Crafting a successful team takes more than just filling positions — it takes finding key people, people with unique and diverse skill sets, that can complement and fill in the gaps — this is what it takes for high-performing teams.
Understanding what your team needs takes a leader with the foresight of the needs of a group coupled with open and honest communication — and this can be difficult to grasp if you are catering to every other role in the company. Sometimes we all need a reprieve, and this is exactly what we do at Impact Consulting — we are your reprieve. Explore what makes a high-performing team in today’s post.
Foster a High-Performing Team
A team may not always agree with each other and this is the beauty of a diverse team — it mitigates group think for better outcomes and performance. Great teams have the ability to deal with conflict, yet can come together and put differences aside because not only do they trust each other, they believe in the success as a whole. To build a high-performing team, examine the characteristics listed below.
The individual is highlighted.
High-performing teams are crafted by individuals who have a diverse set of talents — both hard and soft skills. These skills may vary from knowing how to code or perform graphic design projects to more interpersonal “soft skills” such as being detail-oriented to having a high emotional intelligence. When each team member brings something different to the team and the individual can exist, it builds a diversified team that strengthens the group.
The team is expertly aligned.
When the big picture is clear, it offers the team the ability to become centered around this vision and better align with each other with what needs to be accomplished. With this shared focus, team members can interact with a steady and stable workflow that better serves the team and the project outcome. If there are any distractions in the beginning, ensure you quell them straight away to get everyone on the same page.
The team is goal-driven.
A team needs one goal on one project instead of various goals, to stay or become a high performing team. When different team members are on different projects with alternate deadlines, it can create chaos and confusion — not to mention being stressed and causing burn out. Create fewer projects but make their deadlines firm, so you can move through more projects more quickly.
Be open to feedback.
This is not always the easiest thing to cultivate, but it can make or break a team. High-performing teams create an environment of open-feedback and practice it daily. It is important to both give honest and constructive feedback, in addition to receiving it. The more of the give and take that you share with your team, the better you will all become in your performance as well as in your relationships.
It is important to build a team who is not only consistent but are committed. When individuals are all committed to their teams, as a result, they are more committed to the project and their company. When leadership is able to convey the impact to the team, a collective commitment will be better achieved.
Invested in a growth mindset.
When a team operates from a growth mindset they understand that nothing is fixed and they can work to overcome their setbacks. When the team is invested in a growth mindset, learning is at the forefront. An environment of learning connects reflection that they can apply to their projects and pass it on to the group.
Crafting a safe space where each team member can communicate their emotional wants and needs free from rejection, shame, or embarrassment while driving an environment of trust and vulnerability directly drives success, morale, and productivity, and retention.
Collaboration with different people from different departments, ushers a team that can come together with their wide variety of skills and enhance the project for the best outcome.
How does your team stack up?
There are many characteristics of a high-performing team that we’ve reviewed above. If you’d like more information on how you can build the best teams for your company, reach out to us today.