5 Essential Elements for Successful High-Performance Teams

September 28, 2019 by  

Teams, be it sales or distribution, are one of the most important entities within an organization because they are instrumental to its success.

Here are some key elements common to those successful high-performance teams.

1. Committed to a common cause: Strong teams spend time identifying their purpose, in other words collaboratively defining the common objectives that define their existence. They are committed to achieving their common goals and are responsible individually and collectively. Teamwork is the sum of individual efforts.

2. Focused on goals: Strong teams focus on what needs to be achieved. They may debate and disagree on various aspects related to the attainment of a goal but they do not lose sight of the task at hand. With the synergy of purpose, the team works collaboratively to be on track so that they can attain their predetermined aims and goals.

3. Complement each other’s skills: In order for teams to be successful, the members require good technical or functional expertise. They need to have good decision making and interpersonal skills. Strong teams understand individual strengths, leverage those to the benefit of everyone and complement each other to build on the various strengths necessary to accomplish the outcomes they desire.

4. Share interests and core values: Teams that have interests and core values that are aligned are more likely to meet their objectives than teams whose members have little in common. When team members enjoy each other, appreciate, respect and acknowledge individual contributions then the team will be successful and more likely to accomplish whatever they set out to do.

5. Possess positive energy: High-performance teams possess positive energy and excitement in whatever they do. They possess a strong sense of determination which propels them to accomplish their tasks efficiently, productively, and creatively.

A high-performance team has members who are engaged and involved with their jobs and enable others to do the same. Together, they provide positive reinforcement to each other and because of this synergy, they are able to attain their common goals and enjoy great success.  In addition they employ effective communication skills in order to work effectively and collaboratively together with clear instructions and directions between the team members.

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