The Anatomy Of A High Performing Team

A high performing team will always be an essential ingredient for building a successful business.

Teams are both highly desired and inescapable. We crave the comradery of the good ones and count down the days until we can break up with the bad ones.

Unfortunately, most of us have a horror story (or two) about individuals hindering the collaborative effort of the group – either by not contributing or trying to pull in another direction.

Any leader worth their salt will tell you building a great team isn’t something that just happens. It takes planning and effort to get right. Effort that you’ve already shown by being here, reading this article.

We are going to dissect the anatomy of a high performing team to give you a clear picture of how to clear any infections and get each team member up to full health.


No One Steals The Spotlight

In a high performing team, everyone’s opinion is valued equally. It’s never a case of he who shouts loudest gets heard.


“Talent wins games, but teamwork and intelligence win championships” – Michael Jordan.


In your group work, is there an equal distribution of talking time or is the balance off with one or two people constantly dominating the discussion?

This can stem from members of your team having Low Self-Regard.

They may feel inferior, less talented or capable than their louder colleagues. Consequently, they may struggle to confidently express themselves when working with others on a team.

When you miss out on the thoughts and ideas of a quiet team member, you can struggle to solve problems and team performance is hindered.


a high performing team in a meeting

Go ahead, ask a quiet team member for their thoughts.


There Are Fewer Disputes

In a high performing team, the last thing you expect to find is disputes that disrupt teamwork. That’s because of two reasons. The first is team members have a strong self-awareness.

If you have a solid understanding of what causes your emotions, it is much easier to regulate your behaviour and control the impact your emotions have on those you work with.

In a team environment, people with self-awareness are like gold dust. They settle disputes well, brainstorm creatively, and work harmoniously.


There Are Fewer Disputes: Part 2

Empathy. High performing teams realise the importance of empathy.

It’s the ability to recognise, understand, and appreciate the way others feel. It’s a crucial skill at the heart of all effective work relationships and teams.


two women working in a high performing team

Empathy is a crucial skill.


If self-awareness helps you understand your own emotions, empathy helps you to understand the emotions of other people.

Even though you may not agree with someone, the ability to see things from their perspective allows us to navigate past conflictual and stressful workplace situations (before they escalate) by being able to empathise with the stress of others and understand what is causing it – without taking it personally.


Team Members Are Assertive

Picture a line between the words passive and aggressive. At the middle point is assertiveness.  

In a high performing team, the team members are able to communicate their beliefs and feelings non-offensively and, most importantly, clearly.

They find the right words at the right time to express their thoughts.


What Do All These Have In Common?

These (often referred to as ‘soft -skills’) are all skills that contribute to Emotional Intelligence.

And, therefore, contribute to team success.

Fact: The more emotional intelligence a team has, the better that team’s effectiveness.


“If you were trapped by a blizzard and your very survival depended on how well you could work together with a handful of other people, what should you wish for in your team-mates? A goodly dose of emotional intelligence.” – Daniel Goleman


Our teamwork training can positively transform your workplace culture by re-infusing a sense of vitality and comradery between employees who previously struggled to connect with one another.

Together Everyone Achieves More.



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