Teamwork is the ability to work together toward a common vision. The ability to direct individual accomplishment toward organizational objectives. It is the fuel that allows common people to attain uncommon results. Andrew Carnegie
Interdependent people combine their own efforts with the efforts of others to achieve their greatest success. Stephen Covey
Talent wins games, but teamwork and intelligence win Championship. Michael Jordan
I start this article with the above quotes because I want to bring your attention to the importance of TEAMWORK. Teamwork is so important for our success in family, company and in a country. It has been said that “Teamwork makes the dream work” and another one is “If you want to fast you go alone. But if you want to go far you need to go as a team“.
In this short article I want to give you the six qualities of High Performing Teams that you may not know. They are as follows:
1. Teamwork and Trust
Members of a high performing team work together and trust their fellow members. Each member is expected to do their job and to be able to count on their fellow team members. A lack of trust can cause animosity and uncertainty, which leads to low team quality.
2. Team Leadership and Goals
The team leader is responsible for setting goals for the rest of the team, including his or herself. A strong team leader helps guides the team and sets them on the right track. Although the team leader is in control, he or she will still listen to their team members for advice and their contribution. The team leader need to make sure that everyone in the team feel the ownership of their goals so they perform their best to get the results.
3. Communication and Team Building
Team building relies heavily on good communication. Both spoken and written communication should be concise and understandable between team members so that they can work quickly and efficiently. High performance teams have regular meet ups to make sure everyone keeps up with the team’s progress and development.
4. Team Diversity
Part of having a high performance team is diversity. Members should have a different skills and experiences, along with strengths and weakness that will compliment each other. There should be different roles for each member. That’s why you have your job description that outlining your roles and responsibilities.
5. Conflict Management
In high performance teams, conflict is quickly taken care of in a positive matter. Conflict is seen as good and criticism is viewed as constructive. Team members can easily discourage with the lack of commitment of the team leader to solve any problems or conflict within the team.
6. Ownership and Collaboration
High performance team members feel that they have a stake in whatever the team produces and therefore put more effort into the team’s projects. Every team member provides their own input into the project.
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