Building high performing leadership teams

The day of the hero leader is past. The world today is complex, fast moving and demanding. Resources are stretched and leaders are frequently asked to produce more, at a faster pace, with fewer people. This means that the ability to build a high performing leadership team that you know will deliver not just once, but every time, is essential for every successful business leader.

Most senior teams are so pressured to get the day job done, whilst delivering wholesale change and protecting their piece of the pie, that they never get the chance to pull together in a bigger way. But imagine the excitement of building a high performing team which creates an infectious culture of success!

So what are the signs of a high performing team? I think Ron Ricci and Carl Wiese have just about nailed it with the following (Excerpted from The Collaborative Imperative):

  • People have solid and deep trust in each other and in the team’s purpose – they feel free to express feelings and ideas
  • Everybody is working toward the same goals
  • Team members are clear on how to work together and how to accomplish tasks
  • Everyone understands both team and individual performance goals and knows what is expected
  • Team members actively diffuse tension and friction in a relaxed and informal atmosphere
  • The team engages in extensive discussion, and everyone gets a chance to contribute — even the introverts
  • Disagreement is viewed as a good thing and conflicts are managed. Criticism is constructive and is oriented toward problem solving and removing obstacles
  • The team makes decisions when there is natural agreement — in the cases where agreement is elusive, a decision is made by the team lead or executive sponsor, after which little second-guessing occurs
  • Each team member carries his or her own weight and respects the team processes and other members
  • The leadership of the team shifts from time to time, as appropriate, to drive results. No individual members are more important than the team

A team charter paves the way for collaborative success by providing clarity that builds trust and accountability. With a team charter in place, you’ll be able to unlock the potential value of your people by empowering them to contribute. In the long run, teams with a clear purpose and good chemistry drive business results. Job satisfaction goes up, employees stay engaged in their work and everybody wins.

Great teams look at how they work, are clear about what they want to achieve. Team members know their role, build close bonds with each other, take responsibility for their contribution and hold each other accountable. They have fun and celebrate success. I would be honoured to work with you and your team to help them move from good to great.

If you would like to discuss how we could work together to build your high performing leadership team, then please call me on 07597 674328 or email: philip@philipperry.co.uk