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Leading a High Performance Team

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Leading a high performance team is of paramount importance for business leaders in every sector to optimize their market share. The capability of a leader to outline a project that gives the team adequate direction, information and outcomes desired is necessary to developing a truly high performing team. This leader needs to work with each team member to guarantee that they know their role and how it connects with other member's roles. Chris Musselwhite brings us a great overview of high performance teams and what skillset is required for the leaders of these teams. 

“A team is a small number of people with complementary skills who are committed to a common purpose, performance goals, and approach for which they hold themselves mutually accountable.”

Using this definition, we can outline three important competencies for the effective team builder and leader.

  • Promoting understanding of why a group of people need to be a team. The team needs to understand its shared goals and what each team member brings to the team that is relevant and crucial to its overall successes.
  • Ensuring the team has adequate knowledge to accomplish its task. This includes information relevant to the team's goals and individual job competencies.
  • Facilitating effective interaction in such as way as to ensure good problem solving, decision making and coordination of effort.

….​More at Building and Leading High Performance Teams | Inc.

A team that works well together with balanced skills that function independently to serve a common goal is very effective at completing tasks. Each team member is held accountable by the team leader as well as other team members because each team member understands that everyone else depends on them. A team leader must be able to convey this message to their team without alienating them. Leading a high performance team is a delightful experience that every leader should strive to achieve. 



Leaders Need To Know The High Performance Team

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The High Performance Team (HPT) is a great way to energize a business. A high performance team can provide benefits such as increased productivity, increased efficiency, better service and lower cost. The HPT is a pathway to success for those that are looking to help invigorate and motivate their employees to reach new highs in their professional development. Bruce Mayhew sheds some insight on what a high performance team is.

High Performance Team (HPT), must meet many priority criteria to function well and be worth the investment (listed below), otherwise the investment may simply generate employee frustration and low results. Most importantly HPT’s have:

  • The full support of the organization
  • Clearly defined goals that are important for all team players
  • Team players that demonstrate relevant personal talents
  • Thoughtful and effective communication
  • Shared respect for team players
  • Measurements for success

Members of High Performance Teams must also be committed to each other’s personal and professional growth. This combination can result in exceptionally high team performance and ROI for the organization. This combination also holds High Performance Teams together during inevitable setbacks.

…More at What Is A High Performance Team? « Bruce Mayhew Blog

Putting together a High Performance Team is something that takes careful consideration due to the significant investment of resources it takes to get a high performance team running at full productivity. Your business must be fully committed to the high performance team in order to reap the rewards that it has to offer. It is important to lay the groundwork before making a decision to establish an high performance team by defining what the goals are and what you will do to measure the success of the HPT. The high performance team has the potential to transform your business and provide the boost that you have been looking for.