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10 High Performance Team Traits

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There are certain traits that high performance teams exhibit and leaders need to recognize and emphasize to improve the success of their teams. Leaders can encourage high performance out of their teams but it is important to know traits that are exhibited by teams to help nudge team members in the right direction. A high performance team is a unit that acts as one entity while performing tasks with ease and a seamless quality. A team that exhibits such behavior can be said to be in “flow” or in the “zone”. This is commonly witnessed in sports where a player can perform incredible feats that have never before been accomplished. Read the ten traits of high performance teams given by the folks at Talent Dynamics. 

1. Leadership. Instead of ‘I tell, you do’ the team members participate in the leadership of the team.  Each team member reflects the purpose and values of the team.  The team members use their skills and experience to solve problems.

2. Decision making. We make decisions in two ways, reason and intuition.  Both have strengths and weaknesses.  Reason is detailed and slow.  Intuition is sketchy and fast.  Different circumstances require different decision making processes.  High performance teams not only display a balance of both but they also know when each is needed.

3. Communication. Team communication needs to be open and transparent.  The goals of the team are regularly reflected upon, progress is fed back and problems addressed quickly.  High performance teams recognise that each member communicates differently and use the best communication channel for the information AND the team member.

4. Diversity. High performance teams embrace the diversity and difference in the team’s collective background and experience.  This leads to many viewpoints and a greater understanding of problems.  High performance teams use this diversity to make better decisions and create solutions faster.

…More at Traits of High Performance Teams | Talent Dynamics

Leaders can use this list to their advantage and start improving their success today. A high performance team is one that “clicks” and can be very difficult to attain. People are inherently different and diversity is a positive advantage when team members understand their role and responsibility but ego and a whole host of other emotions can impede the achievement of developing a “flow”. Leaders need to recognize when a spirit of competition rather than cooperation crops up and take action to alleviate this tension before it affects output. A team cannot achieve high performance without an atmosphere of mutual trust and respect. Leaders can recognize these ten high performance team traits and emphasize improvement in key areas to increase their own success. 

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Leadership Must Build Trust in its Team

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It is important that leadership build trust in their teams for a great working relationship. Trust is a difficult proposition in dire financial times. An ability to trust your team or your coworker is fundamental to success however. A trust survey conducted in 2009 reports that companies with the most trust in each other enjoyed the highest profit margins. Trust is a major driver of your business and you should do everything you can to build trust in and amongst your team. Andy Atkins writes for Fast Company about how leaders build trust to drive results.

Trust is a necessary component of successful leadership–leaders need trust in order to drive business results. Yet trust in business has been eroding for some time. Judging by many employee engagement scores, employees have been disengaging for at least a decade.

But there are important hopeful indicators–and some tangible, highly effective steps for building trust that leaders can take now.

…More at How Leaders Build Trust | Fast Company

He points to three specific solutions that will help build trust amongst your team to ignite their cooperation and nurture their trust in each other. Trust is based on performance and reliability so in order for your team to trust each other they must have a good working relationship where they work in sync and have the knowledge that they can count on their teammates to achieve results. Building trust in your team today is a win for team members, leadership, and the organization as a whole. What are you doing to build trust in your team today?

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Sensible Decision Making Skills

Sensible Decision Making Skills

All too often when we make important decisions (in our lives as well as in business), we allow our judgment to bias our final answers.  Essentially we subconsciously seek answers that merely confirm the conclusions we had already come to.  It’s the ‘I knew it” or “I told you so” way of thinking.  There is a way to avoid that biased way of thinking and improve your sensible decision making skills.  Consider this article, written by Ken Tysiac for CMGA Magazine, where he outlines five key decision making skills.

Sensible Decision Making Skills

Many faulty business decisions can be traced to “confirmation bias” that leads people to unwittingly seek information that bolsters what they want to believe, says Brigham Young University accounting professor Doug Prawitt…

Prawitt identified confirmation bias and a phenomenon the white paper calls judgment “triggers” as two particularly damaging “traps” that lead to poor judgment and decisions. He said considering other points of view is essential to avoiding confirmation bias and making good decisions…

“As you evaluate information, always sit back and take time to make the opposing case,” Prawitt said. “… If I’m [a lawyer who’s] going to go into the courtroom, I want to know my opposing attorney’s case better than he knows it.”

Judgment triggers often result from a possible solution’s being misidentified as a problem that needs to be overcome, the white paper says. When a problem is improperly defined, decision makers sometimes move forward without considering other, better alternatives.

Prawitt said that, about 2½ years ago, he and co-author Steven Glover, also an accounting professor at Brigham Young, began working with KPMG to create a professional application for their research on business judgment and decision making. What emerged was a professional judgment framework put into practice by KPMG, which also co-authored the COSO white paper. The framework describes a five-step process for decision making:

  • Define the problem and identify fundamental objectives.
  • Consider alternatives.
  • Gather and evaluate information.
  • Reach a conclusion.
  • Articulate and document rationale.

Original Story Here.

The five sensible decision making skills presented in this article are extremely basic.  In fact, they are too basic to imagine executive teams or executive boards would take them seriously.  When writing an academic paper I could see using these tips, but for business and important decisions in life, I think much more strategic information would be needed.

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Leadership Skills of The World’s Most Influential Leaders

Have you ever been curious to know what leadership skills you may have shared with some of the world’s most influential leaders such as Ghandi, Mandela or say Lincoln?  To be honest, I have never actually imagined myself to be on their level in any way, so the answer to my very own question is no, or at least not until now.  I came across this interesting article written by Patrick Alain for Industry Leaders Magazine, that looks at the leadership skills of the worlds most influential leaders.  If you are curious, take a look at the article and see with which leader you most identify.

 

Leadership Skills of The World’s Most Influential Leaders

Leadership has been defined as a process through which a person influences and motivates others to get involved in accomplishment of a particular task. This single definition, although universally accepted, fails to define the particular paths and ways of people who are deemed as great leaders. All great leaders had something unique about them and yet they were bound by greatness that helped them to lead masses to innovation and new ideologies.

Here is a look at some of the greatest leaders of all time and what made them great…

Mahatma Gandhi

Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, better known as Mahatma Gandhi, was born an ordinary boy with a determination to excel at what he did.His main characteristics were resilience, knowledge, people-skills, motivational approach and leading by example.

George Washington

What made Washington great was his foresight, vision, strategic planning and his ability to lead people to success.

Abraham Lincoln

The 16thpresident of the United States is also one of the most well known leaders of all time.  His greatest traits were his determination, persistence, beliefs and courage.

Adolf Hitler

Although despised through the world, Adolf Hitler was one of the greatest leaders of all time. After becoming the chancellor of Germany in 1933, he was responsible for one of the greatest economic and military expansions the world has ever seen.  His oratory skills, propaganda and planning made him a leader par excellence.

Muhammad

One of the greatest leaders of all time, Muhammad led to the spread of Islam in and around Arabia. His contribution to Islam was such that it has become the second largest and the fastest growing religion of the world today.  His greatest leadership qualities were his courage, leading by example, motivational approach, persistence and decision-making.

Mao Zedong

Because of him, China is a world power and a potent rival to the dominant United States of America.

Nelson Mandela

Nelson Mandela was the first South African president elected in fully democratic elections. Mandela was also the main player in the anti-apartheid movements in the country and served a lengthy prison sentence because of the same.  His main characteristics were his determination, persistence, focus and will.

Julius Caesar

He was also responsible for reforming the Roman government and thus laying the foundation to a great empire. His greatest traits were his decisiveness, boldness, eagerness, motivation, opportunism and strategic planning.

Fidel Castro

His traits of courage, strategy, hiring the right people and dissemination of duties made him the leader he was.

Winston Churchill

Churchill was known for his fearlessness, determination, unyielding perseverance and undying devotion to his goal.

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When considering this list of the leadership skills of the world’s most influential leaders, I was taken aback to see that Hitler made such a list.  I don’t consider dictators as serious influential leaders.  In fact, I have a hard time considering those who did so much harm and terrorized their own countries as a true leader at all.  Aside from that, I see myself most similar to Muhammad Ali.  What about you?

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