The Role of Leaders in High Performance Teams
The collaborative and dedicated nature of high performance teams are key contributors that make them so desirable to have and be a part of. Individuals within these teams possess complementary skills, aligned with the object of fulfilling shared goals. It is the responsibility of leaders to ensure that those goals are met, but that is far from the most important role they play in promoting the success of their team.
The focus of high performance leadership is establishing an environment of open communication, trust, and innovation. Cultivating a high performance culture fosters inclusivity, where the contributions of each team member are recognized. Leaders who support and celebrate the efforts being made by their team encourages creativity in performance that results in greater levels of success. They recognise the importance of nurturing talent and provide opportunities for development through high performance team programs. Employee development in succession planning contributes to higher levels of retention and future performance.
There is no way for even the best teams to operate without occasionally experiencing conflict. While some conflict can be productive, when it becomes disruptive, leaders must step in. Effective leaders are prepared to assist their team in resolving disputes as swiftly as possible. To keep their teams focused and on-task, leaders know that any conflict that arises must be constructive. Conflict management through executive leadership training, can help leaders and teams resolve larger disputes while instilling the skills to do so themselves. Recentering conversations towards solving problems helps foster relationships and unity among team members.
When developing high performance teams, leaders must carefully balance the immediate needs of the business with aspirational targets and goals. Teams are often created with leadership development potential in mind. Observing the skills and behaviours of teams allows leaders to identify high potential talent and provide opportunities for growth and to enhance performance. Training high performance teams in skills that serve their development and prepare them for career advancement, ensures that organisations have the means to continue to succeed as they expand their growth.
The role of leaders in high performance teams can never be reduced to a singular task. They are responsible for ensuring their team’s success while providing space for them to develop the skills they will need as they progress through the organisation. Leaders of the best high performance teams often take a back seat and only step in to offer guidance or support when necessary.
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