Nothing is indeed infectious as example.” Francois de La Rochefoucauld
In conducting team building training and management skills training all around the world since 1995, I’ve discovered there are nine essential what consistently appear in creating high performance teams. Listed below are the utmost effective nine you start with communication.
High Performance Teams: 9 Things a Leader Can Do To Energize and Motivate Employees To Extraordinary Performance:
1) Communication: Open, honest communication between team members and the team leader about an organization’s vision and clearly defined goals. Not to mention a team leader needs training build high performing teams in people skills and how to manage people effectively. Most team leaders are promoted based on the “hard skills” or technical skills, but it doesn’t mean they are able to create high performance teams. They need to become with the capacity of communicating, listening and resolving conflict. And everyone on the team needs training in conflict resolution and how to be a successful communicator. Each team member has been raised differently from childhood when it comes to what’s acceptable communication. So training keeps the team leader and team members on the same page. The important thing is in becoming tactfully direct.
2) Powerful teams possess purpose and direction. They’ve clearly defined goals, objectives and responsibilities. When I go into an organization and conduct team building training, team leaders tell me all the time how important it’s for teams to know their roles, expectations, and responsibilities. Team members want to know what specific goals and objectives they’re being evaluated on. Ensure the performance objectives are measurable, quantifiable, and in writing for accountability. Have goals and objectives for the team as a whole in addition to for every team member and include everyone on these goals. For example, if team members have been in sales, a target states in writing that all of them are to produce ten new accounts representing gross sales of at the least $20,000 by December 31 of this year.
3) An integral component to high performance teams is active participation, accountability and sense of ownership on the team leader’s end in addition to from the team members. Being truly a more powerful leader means as an involved leader. Participation and ownership also sets a precedent for what’s expected of every team player – teamwork. One contributor to low team morale is when one or two team members hide out in the success of the remaining team. Everyone is doing the work. I guarantee you this is simply not going unnoticed. Hold everyone to the same high standards. Start taking progressive disciplinary action if a team member is not doing their job. If you do not take progressive disciplinary action you’ll lose credibility as a team leader who enables poor performance.
Effective Team Leaders Are Listeners
4) Trust between team members and the team leader. Effective team leaders are listeners. They solicit feedback and tune in to employees’concerns and suggestions. It’s difficult for a team to be productive if there isn’t trust between the team members and the team leader. Always do everything you say you are going to do.That a very important factor you promise your team that you can’t deliver would be the a very important factor they remember. In being a team leader and managing people, as the old saying goes, “They remember your last act.” Many employees don’t quit their jobs. They quit their team leaders and managers.
5) Strong, effective leadership filtering down is essential to effective team building and creating high performance teams. A group leader must possess the capacity to coach. Having a “coach mentality” and helping team members to grow, develop and mature is an essential skill. It’s part of one’s job! Don’t do everything for your team members otherwise they never learn to do things themselves. Even if you’re thinking, “Well, if I want it done right I should do it myself.” Look at the word “team leader.” You are there to lead.
6) Proper resources, funding and training necessary to get the task done. Have you got the best people for the task? Your people are your most critical resource. Have they been properly trained? Do they have the best equipment to get the job done effectively? Training is an essential part of team building and leadership. Employees tell me all the time they need additional training to sharpen their skills. They would like to get essential tools that may develop their skill set. It creates them feel valued and important. As if their organization is willing to buy them for the long term.
7) Powerful teams rely on equality and a shared vision, shared sense of purpose. Everyone includes a sense of inclusion. Everyone treats one another equally, fairly and objectively. The complete team is contained in goals and even social events.
8) Respect. The team leader has respect for the team. This boosts the confidence of the team members. They’ve respect for every other leading to increased morale, productivity and a higher performing team.
9) Willingness to talk about job knowledge, skills, and ideas. The team leader could be the role model. If you’re willing to talk about knowledge and ideas, you’re training your team to do the same. Better yet, include “willingness to talk about job knowledge, skills and ideas” in team members’performance reviews. When they know they’re being evaluated on these factors, they’re more likely to perform.
Another ingredient central to creating high performance teams: it’s imperative that both the team leader and the team have a confident attitude. Together group of team leaders told me, “An integral part of any successful team isn’t any bad attitudes allowed!”