As our world becomes more complex, the need for teams continues to grow. Understanding the characteristics of effective teams gives you a target to shoot for and better prepares you to support your team’s development.

I've been asked many times over the last 20 years when working with organisations - “what does good look like’’ when it comes to high performing teams? The honest answer is there are many elements and actually what works for one business doesn't always work for another. There are some givens that you must have in place like: high candour, challenge and support, and not accepting mediocrity. However there are many others and in this month’s blog, I have tried to distil at a very high level, 6 things to consider.

Ask yourself if you have the following present in your team:

1) Alignment: Alignment around a shared vision

All team members are moving in the same direction toward a shared vision. Individual and team goals are related to the purpose of the team. Team members clearly understand their goals and job responsibilities. There is a strong and clear connection between all activities and the purpose of the team.

2) Team Effectiveness: Effective team processes

Coordinated efforts are supported by effective group dynamics and strong team processes for open communication, sharing information, flexibility, problem-solving, decision-making, goal-setting, accountability, and recognition.

3) Empowerment: Power to do what is necessary

Team members experience a sense of individual and collective power to do what is necessary. They are free to make decisions within the boundary of their assignment and have access to the resources they need. Practical risk-taking is encouraged and mistakes are seen as an inevitable part of the creative process.

4) Passion: Energy, enthusiasm, and confidence

There is a high and sustained level of energy, enthusiasm and confidence about their work and the way team members work together. Team members feel inspired and able to perform at levels never before imagined and in their ability to overcome obstacles. There is an aura of excitement and focus that sustains growth of new capabilities and openness to change.

5) Commitment: Deep commitment to the team and to each other

Team members are deeply committed to the purpose of the team, to the goals, to each other, and to accomplishing the work that needs to be done, regardless of the effort required. They know what needs to be done and they will find a way to do it.

6) Results: Sustained outstanding results

High performance teams sustain results over time. They set high standards for performance that are clearly defined, measurable, and are consistently met by individual team members and the team. They “go for the gold” and are energised by the opportunity to provide top-quality services or products.

At Momenta Performance Academy, we work with teams all over the world helping them develop an environment that creates high performance. We work in many industries, learning best practice and sharing this plus adding our own thinking with our clients. To find out more about how we do it, please contact us today.