We have all probably experienced a time when we were part of a team that delivered great performance. In reality, none of the great performance happens just by chance. So what steps can you take to fast track to better team performance?
Be clear about the purpose
A team needs to know what it is trying to achieve if it is going to deliver consistently high performance. As the leader of the team you need to make sure that the outcomes or results are clear and completely unambiguous.
Get the right people on board
What makes a team succeed is having the right people, with the right mix of skill, experience and personal attributes. Take the time to select the best possible people for the team and if you are inheriting a team, take the time to discover what the team has to offer.
Empower people to deliver
Too often in teams leaders tend to micro manage rather than making it clear what is to be delivered and then empowering people to make it happen. On the other hand the best leaders focus on bringing out the best in each team member.
Listen a lot
Ever been in teams where people are more interested in giving their own opinions rather than listening to each others views? Trouble is when it comes to communication people are often skilled at verbal and written communication but less skilled at listening. Train your team to become great listeners.
Be clear on roles and responsibilities
There are always lots of different activities and roles to be undertaken in the team. As the leader, make sure that everyone on the team is crystal clear on what they are expected to deliver.
Focus on team accountability
There may be a leader of the team but it is vitally important to make sure that the team as a collective is responsible for delivering the results. As the leader, creating dependencies is an important contributor to people working together effectively.
Bottom Line – Teams have the potential to deliver great results. So what steps do you need to take to create more success in your team?
Since 2006 I’ve worked with in excess of 8,000 accountants and professionals in workshops, seminars and one to one helping them land their next jobs and become better leaders, presenters and business partners. Before that I spent 25 years in accountancy climbing the career ladder from Payments Clerk to FD. I’m a CIMA Fellow, Certified Professional Coach and Team Coach Facilitator.