leading teams

3 Skills Needed for Leading High Performance Teams

Successful high performance teams are a well developed group of diverse individuals who are committed to working together and sharing their ideas to achieve a common goal. They are sought after for their talent and drive. Despite their seeming self sufficiency, high performance teams nonetheless require a someone to lead them in order to maintain their productivity and accomplishment. Without someone in place to engage with the team and propel them forward, even the most talented teams can fail to reach their potential. Effective team leaders know how and when to employ the appropriate management style that will motivate others to achieve success.



The first skill for leaders of high performance teams we’re going to explore is directing. This is about much more than simply telling others what to do and how to do it (though it’s certainly a part of it). Directing is mainly concerned with the work itself. Directive leaders run the meetings, establish priorities, set goals, and monitor results. These are important skills needed to guide the team in the right direction. High performance team programs work to support this structure. They ensure that all team members know what the vision is and where they are heading. 



Knowing how to engage with others on a personal level is an important skill for every leader to have, especially when leading high performance teams. It allows for connections to be formed that are integral to the success of high performance teams. Having the ability to not only discuss issues and resolve conflicts, but also generate new ideas and motivate action are what make high performance team leaders so effective. The HPT Model used by The Leadership Sphere is the cornerstone of the programs used to develop high performance teams. It is a highly collaborative process that aims to develop trust and stronger relationships. Being able to both give and receive feedback is a key component to practical leadership management. Leadership development programs provide a focus on being able to manage group conversations more effectively.



Delegating is when team members are empowered to take ownership for their success. Tasks are not so specifically instructed as when they are directed. When delegating, the leader will have identified a task and determined what needs to be done to accomplish it. And instead of also deciding how it will be achieved, they are able to encourage their team to drive themselves to do so. Leaders of high performance teams are able to support their teams in this way because they have the trust in their skills, talents, and commitment. It is part of what makes so many people strive to be a part of these teams. Yes, there is leadership and guidance, but there is also the trust that your manager will support your undertaking tasks self-reliantly. 


Leading high performance teams is no small undertaking, but understanding the important role that managers play in motivating the team towards achieving results is a large part of what makes them so successful. Leaders must be able to balance the goals of their team within the greater organisational goals. In order to do so they need to harness an arsenal of leadership strategies at once and know when the appropriate moment to deploy any particular one is. High performance team programs help to develop trusting team dynamics and provide leaders with the tools to navigate challenges. Leaders of high performance teams are mentors that succeed by encouraging others to reach their goals. 

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3 Skills Needed for Leading High Performance Teams