Furthermore, being aware of their “why” optimizes productivity, engagement, and innovation.
#2 Clearly Defined Roles, Responsibilities, and Goals
A high-performing team is a synergistic social entity. Whether short or long-term, the team enthusiastically works towards achieving a common objective. Once their roles and responsibilities are clearly defined, they understand how to accomplish their tasks and why their role is essential.
The team leader or project manager plays a vital role in the team’s success. They set the tone, lead by example, and create a system of accountability that doesn’t stifle innovation—aka. no micromanaging.
This proactive approach minimizes the confusion and conflict that typically hinder productivity and innovation.
#3 Mutual Trust and Respect
Trust and respect are the foundation of any relationship. Therefore, all high-performing team members have mutual trust and respect for each other. This isn’t to suggest that they always agree, but they respect each other’s professional skills and opinions.
When trust and respect are absent, teams have difficulty collaborating on projects and are less likely to share their opinions, thoughts, and ideas. When they do share, they don’t feel heard.
Even if the project goes in a different direction, high-performing team members feel heard and valued.
#4 Effective Communication and Conflict Management
A team that consistently delivers on its innovations is empowered with truly open lines of communication. They know who to call, when to hop on Zoom, when to Email, when to instant message, and when to schedule additional team meetings.
In addition to the communication channels above, they leverage project management technology to simplify collaboration. This ensures that as the project evolves, everyone is on the same page. It also creates a measurable system of accountability.
Even with mutual trust, respect, and open lines of communication conflict will arise. When it does, the team works through it with efficiency. Sometimes high performers work it out one-on-one and sometimes their leader or project manager intervenes to coach and guide them to a swift resolution.