For the past few articles, I have been talking about building and managing high-performance teams. By definition, a high-performance team is a team that is highly focused on their goals and achieves superior results. You don’t need to be a rocket scientist to know that having such a team is greatly beneficial to your business. With the right hiring and interview process, you would be able to pick out potential talented individuals that would make up your high-performance team.
Building a high-performance team is a challenge in itself. The same thing goes in managing one. They both take a lot of time and effort. In business, time is a valuable commodity. You have to make each time investment worth it. This is especially true when it comes to building or developing THE team for your company. By putting so much time and effort in this process, you as a leader should also make sure that the team will last. Think of it as one of your long term goals. The longer the team stays intact, the more milestones your company would be able to achieve.
Self evaluation is one of the characteristics of a good leader. You need to be aware of your leadership style. Ask yourself constantly if your leadership technique is effective. Are your techniques accepted by the team? Always bear in mind that a high-performance team is composed of individuals who have strong personalities and tend to do things their way. Modify or adjust your approach if need be but assure the team that the goals are still the same and you have accountability.
It is your job as a leader to provide constant feedback. Do not wait for signs of trouble to show up before providing feedback. Do it regularly to make sure that everything is on track. It can be done informally if you want to be more relaxed. It really depends on the team you are leading. Each team is different and there is no cookie-cutter way of providing feedback. But one thing is for sure – constant feedback means continuous improvement.
This is very important for me. Celebrate success. The corporate and business world is tough. In this fast paced world, we sometimes forget to step back and reflect on what we have achieved and the journey we took to achieve them. Live the moment and remember what you and the team did to reach your goals. You’ll gain valuable knowledge and at the same time you get a breather from all that hard work.