The characteristics of an optimal-performing team and how to build one

Schools | Teachers - 19 Jan 2022

Key attributes and character traits that can help individuals perform optimally in the workplace have been the topic of discussion over the past few weeks. It is evident which of these attributes need to be identified and embodied by the individual to reach their full potential. It is however, also vitally important for employers to know what to look out for when it comes to the characteristics of an optimal-performing team and how they should go to work to build one. Below are a few things to look out for when looking at building a dream team and having that team working as fast and as efficiently as possible.

Understanding their role within the organisation
Employees need to have a very clear job description and how their role fits into the bigger picture and overall mission and vision of the company. If anyone knows their ‘why’ they make sure that they are invested and productive to achieve those goals.

Roles and responsibilities are defined

One thing that is a given in any company or organisation is that there will always be conflict eventually. This is something that can completely throw a team off their goal and the task at hand. Teams that perform optimally, easily minimises conflict by ensuring that roles and responsibilities are clearly defined and that in turn will also ensure that deadlines are met and that work processes are simplified and that there is never any uncertainty or confusion.

Clear communication

A tale as old as time – clear communication is the golden key. When looking at an optimal-performing team, there is always clear and respectful communication. Not only does clear communication avoid misunderstanding and conflict, it ensures that all team members are always on the same page working towards the same goal.

Trust and respect are at the forefront

The level of collaboration and teamwork needed for achievement depends on trust and mutual respect. Employees on high-performing teams value each other and trust each person to do their job. The culture of trust is beneficial to everyone as each individual then feels empowered to take risks and push their boundaries to bring creativity to the table to achieve the collective goals of the company.

Building a high-performing team is definitely not an overnight process, but when you bring together the right mix of skills and experience and invest in developing skills, it will be worth it in the end!





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