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How to Build a High Performing Team?

High performance is starting to become a buzzword, and while teams across the globe are striving to achieve this — what defines a high performing team? And how do you build one?

Read on to learn more about what makes a high performing team run efficiently and the characteristics you should be scouting and encouraging when building your team.

What does a high performing team look like?

Each high performing team most likely has its own tactics for ensuring team effectiveness, empowerment, motivation, and dynamics, but we believe it often starts at the leadership level and trickles down. If your team is lacking the characteristics below, this may be the reason why you are struggling to build a high performing team.

A deep trust in the team’s purpose

Trust is an essential ingredient in the recipe for creating high-performing teams. This can be applied in many different aspects, including leadership, each other, or the cause. The moment trust is broken, productivity begins to decline.

Transparency and openness as a leader shows you have nothing to hide and helps build trust within your team. When members know which direction you’re leading them and what your intentions are, you can ensure a collaborative effect on difficult projects.

Individuals should also feel comfortable expressing their points of view without being punished or ridiculed. Instead of hiding information from your team and discounting their strategies or opinions, embrace these challenges and encourage them to come up with new ideas.

Clear and accomplished goals

While every member of your team has different goals, as a leader, it’s important to understand the individual motivations of each team member and find ways to unify varying agendas. 

In order to be successful, the team should have a single, shared purpose to achieve better results. When this happens, team members will start putting their own interests aside to achieve the goals set by the organisation. 

Strong leadership

Focus on what you can bring to the table! A strong leader unites the team together and helps them to focus on unifying goals. A poor leader passes blame which can damage the morale of the team.

So how do you become a strong leader?

Help the team reach smart decisions faster by bringing everyone around to a single consensus. Instead of working in silos, try getting several experts to pool their talents and always be open to new ideas. You should also always understand that organisation’s rules apply to you, just like they do to your team members.


Diversity and inclusion aren’t just a quota, it’s about finding people who can influence the direction of your team and bring new perspectives to everything you do. By hiring people with different backgrounds and different work experiences, you can equip your team with the resources needed to take on new challenges, which is a key attribute for high-performing teams. A team with similar backgrounds and experiences always has limits on perspective and what they can take on and accomplish. 

Adaptability and capability

As a leader, you can’t expect everything to be completed to perfection in one go, and one of the key steps in creating a high performing team is to recognize the role constant improvement plays in achieving success. 

Adaptability can give your team several advantages, including the elimination of a stagnant work process, developing several solutions for a single problem, or even ensuring the continued evolution of your team. As a result, with each project, your team becomes more and more capable of taking on new challenges. 

Strategies for building a high performing team

Want to start building your high-performance team? Well, it takes a combination of characteristics and personalities to really fuel success within your organisation. Consider the following:

Building leadership skills

In order to create a high-performing team, you must invest in yourself first, because every team is only as successful as their leader. Without someone taking charge and leading the way, it can be hard to get things done. 

That means enrolling in 1-on-1 leadership coaching or investing in leadership development to provide your team with the encouragement and guidance they need to succeed. Empowering leaders to focus on results, our systems embrace a value-based model designed to help leaders implement new processes and structures into the way a team operates and interacts with each other.

Aligning the team

Once you’re confident in your skills, it’s time to bring your team on board! Sit down and agree on a behavioural framework for your organisation. What traits do you want to embody? What work will be required from each team member? These processes take time and implementing and revising behaviors require hard and honest conversations to succeed, but without it, you won’t be able to align your high-performing team.

Fueling a culture change

With a commitment from your whole team, you can start to fuel change from the ground up. Start ingraining your agreed behaviours into the DNA of your organisation and hold each team member accountable for their successes and failures on your journey to high performance.

Lead your team to success with Performance by Design. Helping organisations across the globe reach their fullest potential, we can’t wait to be a part of your journey to developing and maintaining a high-performance team.