Strategies for Leading a High-Performance Team

11 November, 2020
Knowing how to properly lead a high-performance team is the key to success.

Leading a high-performance team requires assertiveness and knowing when to delegate tasks. One of the keys to proper group management is being able to extend these strategies into the daily routine. Perseverance is important, as in other fields, to achieve good results.

The results, also in terms of leadership, are usually the result of good training, adapted well-directed motivation, group harmony, and intelligent decision-making. As you can see, a good leader holds their group together.

“Knowing what must be done does away with fear.”

-Rosa Parks-

Leading a high-performance team

Being a good leader is no easy task. Fortunately, some keys and strategies can help. As we mentioned above, healthy habits are basic and leaders must put them into practice at all times.

A woman working with a team.

Personal interaction with the team

This isn’t about the group in general but about every individual that comprises it. You must keep in mind that you’re working with people. Thus, every single one of them has needs, peculiarities, talents, and abilities. In other words, a good leader knows when to communicate with a person directly as well as when to do it with the group. This is because it’s important to know what channel to choose depending on the receiver, the message, and the moment.

In this regard, communication is the route through which information goes by. Thus, the better you design it, the more effective it’ll be. This way, it’ll be possible to have constructive conversations that’ll help each member of the team give their best according to their possibilities in a close and dynamic environment.

Leading a high-performance team through recognition

Common wisdom encourages people to be thankful. It’s still true in this time and day. A good leader knows when to thank their collaborators and recognize their work. In addition, they know they should do so in an empathetic manner. In other words, they must know how to put themselves in another person’s proverbial shoes. This is because they must be able to point out the things that really worked and of which they’re most proud of.

There must be a multidirectional dialogue in any team. A world of assertive conversations that motivate, provide safety, and recognize the merits of each other constructively.

A good leader must periodically update goals and objectives

Every objective requires the progressive achievement of small challenges that bring the group closer to the goal they’re pursuing. This is the way to avoid falling into a comfort zone and promote motivation and inspiration.

They must establish goals and schedule meetings in which to review them as well as the trajectory of the group, close sub-objectives or phases, and open others. It’s important to evaluate the achievements at every one of these points and talk about the goals they didn’t reach and why. Then, they must discuss possible solutions for any blockages or situations that aren’t moving fast enough. This is about the kind of agile methodologies that are oh-so-fashionable.

A woman giving feedback.

Proper conflict management

Hiding conflicts or waiting for time to resolve is pointless. In fact, it only complicates things even more and may actually make them more intense. A good leader must solve situations at the right time, before it becomes entrenched and difficult to deal with (the snowball effect).

If a conflict becomes entrenched and escalates without taking action to either stop it or slow it down, it’ll turn against group cohesion. Thus, it’ll eventually disintegrate the team. Therefore, timely wise management can even strengthen the group itself, deriving this union in the improvement of the work environment and performance.

Leading a high-performance team through proper routine management

Routine can be the virus that puts an end to group motivation. Thus, a good leader must know when to make some small changes between the members of the team. This is mainly so they don’t get bored as this would reduce their productivity.

However, as always, common sense must prevail. A good leader either delegates or manages so he must be aware of the talents and abilities of each one of the members of their team. They must know their experience and knowledge to be sure they can accomplish their tasks. Frustration may arise otherwise.

Leading an efficient work team isn’t easy. These keys are just some basic starting points. You must be balanced and intelligent in your follow-up. Also, you must be properly trained and prepared to be able to perform well in this kind of position and obtain progressive results.

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