June Tips for Impact

Four Traits of High-Performing Teams

Many organizations struggle with underperforming teams.  There are several reasons teams fail to reach their goals, but there are usually some common symptoms. High stress levels and turnover, low engagement, ineffective communication and unpredictable results, are a few indicators that a team is in trouble.

So why is it that some teams struggle while others succeed? After working with teams ranging in size and industry with members of various ages and backgrounds, we have identified some common characteristics that indicate team success.

Here are four traits that high-performing teams have in common.

They trust each other

Members of successful teams have good relationships with one another. They know and trust each other and are comfortable strategizing together, sharing ideas, and making decisions. Teams that trust can move through conflict efficiently and figure out the best way to move forward.

They understand themselves and where they fit in the bigger picture

Members of a successful team know themselves, how they approach their work, and what keeps them engaged. Their self-awareness allows them to ask for what they need and set themselves up to contribute at their highest level. Successful teams also know where their work fits into the larger picture. An appreciation for how the work impacts customers and the company’s bottom line makes goals more meaningful and brings the team together around a larger purpose.

They plan and measure

High-performing teams have a clear plan that outlines what needs to be done and by when. Roles are well defined, and there is accountability for reaching agreed upon goals. They track their work and regularly measure their performance so they can anticipate issues and know when to adjust course.

They talk to each other  

In addition to measuring their results, high-performing teams have various methods for communicating. They create space for conversations about the vision, the current results, and any gaps between the two.

Teams are as dynamic, exciting and challenging as the people who make them up. While it’s difficult to predict which teams will succeed, there are some straightforward steps to take to start creating an environment for healthy, thriving teams in your organization.

The first step we recommend for companies who want to ensure that their organization is set up to promote team success, is to get a comprehensive look at the health of their existing teams with assessments.  If there is evidence of under performance with any team members, assessments can assist with determining the underlying causes.  There are simple and effective tools, like the TriMextrix HD, to help you more fully understand the strengths, capacity, and gaps on your teams, and ensure proper role alignment. A Stress Quotient can measure stressors that contribute to turnover, and an Emotional Quotient assesses abilities needed for long-term success.

Once you have a handle on what is really happening within your teams – backed by concrete data – you can formulate an effective plan to optimize performance and start getting results. High-performing teams are essential for the growth and health of your business. How will you help your teams succeed?

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