The Key Components of High-Performing Teams

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The Key Components of High-Performing Teams

What makes a high-performing team?

“High-performance work teams” are a group composed of individuals who have specialised knowledge and other skills and collaborate to produce superior results. This group strives for performance excellence by sharing goals, shared leadership and collaboration. They also have clear roles and operating rules. Early conflict resolution is possible and they feel a strong sense and level of accountability.

It takes a marathon to build a high-performing group. It will pay off if you have the right combination of skills and experiences and foster these basic characteristics in a high-performing group. High-performing teams consist of highly skilled employees who feel supported and united by their managers to achieve team and business success.

High-performing teams need to be agile and focused. Clear, concise communication is crucial. Establish clear communication expectations and processes to keep everyone on the same page.

High-performing managers are constantly reviewing priorities and setting goals for their teams to ensure that they are aligned and effective. You can keep organisational goals in your mind by communicating regularly and linking them to the work of the team.

It’s essential for a team to be respectful and trustworthy, have the ability to make blind passes, and be willing to hold each other responsible with honest debates and discussions to reach the best possible solution for the company. High-performing teams enjoy solving problems together, winning together, and having fun.

istockphoto xThe Key Components of High-Performing Teams

  • T stands for Trusts-Trusts is the foundation of a great team. Trust is the foundation of a high-performing team culture. It is crucial to ensure the other key ingredients (below), can be present and are effective. Our team members need to feel confident in themselves and in each other.
  • E stands for Establishing. Teams will struggle if they don’t have clear objectives and milestones. Clarity around these objectives is crucial. These objectives should be written in a language everyone can understand and be easily visible.
  • A stands for Accountability. High performing teams are those who hold one another accountable in a positive manner. This doesn’t encourage a culture of blame. It requires team members to hold each other accountable. It is useful to see accountability as a scale that can be rated from low to high.
  • M stands for Management Feedback. Effective teamwork requires transparency about what is working and what isn’t. Finding ways to share information in a way that works for you and your team is half of the battle.

When it comes to building high-performance teams, finding the right people for the job is not all that important. Leaders must understand how each member complements the other and how to foster shared values and open communication.

How do you create a high-performing team?

How can you get your team to perform when they are underperforming? How can you instill a passion that leads to excellence and a high-performing team? Your team must have certain elements in order to be at their best. These elements are not possible for them to achieve on their own. As the leader, you must ensure that each element is provided and that your team uses each.

1. Skills: The ability to perform and complete tasks. Your team is at risk of failure if they lack the necessary know-how.

2. Tools are the software, machinery and information systems, as well as computers that are needed to accomplish given tasks. The designer will not be able meet the requirements of the project if they don’t have the right tools. You and your team will waste valuable time, energy, and effort without the right tools.

3. Authority – This is the ability to make and execute decisions. This is often the silent killer of initiatives and projects. Although you may tell your team you trust them to make the right decisions, at the end of it all, you still need to approve everything.

4. The three types of resources – are usually human, capital or natural. Your people (the human resource), have a finite amount of time, energy and creativity. The time it takes to complete a project will be extended if there aren’t enough people or the right people doing it.


High-performing teams will be clear about the team’s ultimate goal and incentivised to prioritise that goal over individual goals. High-performing teams are those that consistently deliver high quality results. They get the job done, regardless of the odds and no matter what obstacles. They can manage conflicts with positivity while still being able to work independently. They possess “chemistry”, the type that seems to be right. They are more productive, efficient, and cost-effective. The team can achieve amazing things when everyone works together for the common goal and not their individual needs.

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