For many, many years, leaders have focused on building a team of superstars who hit their targets and perform each and every week. Since the beginning of the pandemic, the emphasis has only grown stronger on building a team of high performing individuals who can produce results and consistently deliver. However, it is not as simple as putting together a team of superstars and sitting back to watch the benefits fly in. You can not just put individuals together and expect them to work, you have to invest time and resources into developing a TEAM. You can have strong members who produce great results but to really rock the boat and begin smashing those quarterly targets, you must make sure that you have a well oiled machine that gels together and works together to really maximize the chances of success. So, what are high performing teams and what do they do? High performing teams consistently meet their goals and objectives, work collaboratively and cohesively as a unit, and are engaged in their work. But what makes a high performing team successful? Here's 5 key characteristics of high performing teams.

Trust

One of the biggest factors separating high performing teams from average teams is trust. With trust, a team is able to find their flow, be comfortable with taking risks and able to work through challenges and conflicts together. Infrequent communication, missed deadlines and reduced productivity can be a result of lack of trust. It is important as a leader to understand when to step in and bring the team back together and discuss challenges to move forward. A team without trust is simply not a team. 

Clear Communication

Communication is as important as trust because without it, a team cannot collaborate and work together cohesively. High performing teams have systems in place to ensure they're always collaborating and moving forward. You can streamline and optimise communication by implementing systems such as regular emails, Zoom updates or meetings in the office to ensure everyone is working on the same wave length. 

Defined Roles & Responsibilities

Clearly defined roles and responsibilities help teams maximise their productivity and reduce conflict. It is important that each member knows what their role is and what is expected of them, as well as understanding the roles of their team members and what goals they're trying to reach together. High performing teams work so well because everyone is working towards a collective success, so every member must know what they're working for in order to avoid conflict and challenges along the way. 

Collective Goals

Much like defining roles and responsibilities, producing a list of collective goals allows the team to work together to ensure they all achieve collective success together. While each team member may have their own responsibilities, they are all working towards a common goal, increasing productivity and communication. High performing teams are not afraid of pitching in and helping their team members to ensure they achieve success together.

Engaged Leadership

An engaged leader provides direction, not micromanagement and TRUSTS their team throughout the process. A leader is there to help the team achieve success and works with them collaboratively to ensure they have the right resources to achieve their goals. A good leader will foster a positive working environment and encourage their team to be open with their communication and trust each other. 

These simple characteristics can go a long way in developing a team of high performers, not individuals.