High Performance Teams. Being a member of a high-performance teams is an experience you’re likely never to forget. Below are the characteristics that have been used, to describe high-performance teams.
High Performance Team Characteristics
Effective Decision-Making – team members discuss methods by using a mix of rational and intuitive decision making methods, and know when to use them.
Open and Clear Communication – ensures that the team openly share their points of view, by using effective communication methods and channels which increases trust and builds healthy work relationships
Defined Roles and Responsibilities – each team recognises individuals talents and expertise. This helps to demonstrate commitment to the team and to know what they must do.
Clear Goals – this is critical to ensure everyone on the team is heading in the same direction. This also creates ownership, especially when other team members support the same endeavours.
Managing Conflict – although essential to a team’s productivity, by dealing with conflict openly and transparently prevents negativity and destroying team morale
Valued Diversity – this is the heart of any team as it values each individuals unique contribution, leading to better decision making methods and solutions. This also respects the diversity and viewpoints of others.
Balanced Participation – there is no team without participation. Balanced participation means that each member contributes to the assignment and understands it is everyone’s responsibility.
Cooperative Relationship – understand and they need one another’s skills to allow them to seamlessly coordinate their work, thus achieving both efficiency and effectiveness
Positive Atmosphere – is developed through a climate of trust and openness. Team members are then comfortable with one another to become more creative and take risks. Team members that enjoy themselves become more productive.
Participative Leadership – each leader shares the responsibility and is supportive and open creating a climate of trust
Within any team, a manager (leader) is responsible for defining the team goals, methods, and functions. The remaining team members are responsible for carrying out their assigned tasks under the guidance and support of the manager.
Always be Professional with Co-WorkersSelf-managing or self-regulating teams operate when the “manager” position determines the overall purpose or goal for the team and the remainder of the team are at liberty to manage the methods by which are needed to achieve the intended goal. Self-directing or self-designing teams determine their own team goals and the different methods needed in order to achieve the end goal.
This offers opportunities for innovation, enhance goal commitment and motivation. Finally, self-governing teams are designed with high control and responsibility to execute a task or manage processes. Board of directors is a prime example of self-governing team.