In 5 Steps to Forming a Team I wrote about starting a new job and leading a new team. Periods of conflict and polarisation have passed and we begin to see some essential team behaviours emerge.
Stick with me and I will share the 10 essential behaviours of a high performance team.
10 Characteristics of a High Performance Team
How fortunate I am to be surrounded by a great team. Here are the essential team behaviours I see when team cohesion is strong:
Seeing what’s around us is important. But situational awareness — understanding the bigger picture — is even more significant since it leads to better decision making. Understand this. Understand the overall aims and interests of the business.
The high performance team believes it can meet commitments and deadline together. They believe in each others’ ability, embrace diversity, and trust one another.
The high performance team challenges things as they are — the status quo — and works collaboratively to transforms the business. We aim to be different!
The team spends time getting to know each other. It creates personal connections. The high performing team realises that communication can make or break the team.
Clear and measurable goals give direction to the team. The team works in unison to meet common goals. The high performance team know where it is heading. And, it understands the difficulties ahead.
Team members are open and honest with each other. The high performance team aims to create an environment where people are comfortable to speak openly.
A positive outlook and approach to team work makes for a more fulfilling and effective job. The high performance team wants to succeed.
Taking responsibility is crucial in any team. People take control because they are confident and realise their efforts influence decisions and outcomes.
Positive thinking is quite possibly the most important behaviour of the high performance team. It’s about having a can do attitude.
People who are enthusiastic usually bring these behaviours together. The high performance team takes responsibility for its actions and believes in what it is doing.
The world is divided into people who do things and people who get the credit. – Dwight Morrow
Dwight Morrow’s quotation is true … to a point. But consider this.
Unless you work alone the work you do is shaped by your manager — who may take some credit for your contribution — and in turn someone else will take credit for what they’ve done too.
And so on all the way to the top.
Did Brunel build bridges?
Certainly he was credited for building them. But the truth is he couldn’t have done it without the help of engineers, masons, smiths and labourers.
Great success comes from great teams. High performance teams. And, great teams all boast these essential team behaviours.