It’s great to have high performing individuals in your organisation, and it’s even better to have these individuals combine to form a high performing team. Such a team is more than just a collection of exceptional individuals though. All teams are interdependent, each member relying on each other to perform and get the job done. They require strong and effective leadership to ensure the team continues to succeed. Here are some strategies to help you lead your high performing team.
Define Each Person’s Role and Responsibility
Structure is important in any team. Each team member should be fully aware of their role and responsibility, and how they fit into the team structure. Just as in any successful sports team, a high performing business team is at its most effective when each member is performing their role effectively. Clearly defined boundaries reduce potential friction between staff, allowing them to concentrate on the task in hand.
It should be made clear from the outset how the team will make decisions. Whether you choose to involve members of the team in the decision making process is up to you. What is important though is that the process is made clear from the start and is transparent and consistent. Although some may disagree with certain decisions, they will be willing to go along with them if the decision has been made in a fair, consistent and clear way.
Ensuring a continuity of membership is crucial when leading a high performing team. A high turnover of team members can lead to instability and seriously affect group dynamics. It is no accident that the most effective sports teams are those with a settled, stable core squad. Too much change can have a negative effect on team relationships. A stable team is a strong team.
Keep the team fresh
Stability is vital to any high performing team, but it is just as important to keep a team fresh and invigorated. Whilst still maintaining a strong core, it is useful to let some members have time away from the team to work on other projects. Members return re-energised with new skills and perspectives that can benefit everyone.
Set goals and regularly review
It’s important to ensure high performing teams continue to function well. Setting individual and team targets is a beneficial tactic. Individual targets are effective on their own, but linking them in with group targets brings the team together to focus on a shared mission to achieve. Regular reviews are also useful. Highlighting the team’s strengths and weaknesses, it enables you to assess training needs and be proactive in driving the team forward. Regular reviews are also a great opportunity for the members of the team to feedback suggestions and improvements, giving them a sense of empowerment.
Following our suggestions will help you manage your high performing team and ensure its continuing success. Why not help drive your business forward and roll them out across all your companies teams and make them highly effective too?
‘Till next time,