The Hallmarks Of An Extraordinary Team

Research the chemistry and growth of some of the world’s most successful companies and you will quickly observe that the quality of people and of corporate leadership made all the difference in the organisation’s formative years.

Yet beyond the transformative idea, whether related to breakthrough products, services or technology is the powerful role of teamwork and team play.

Everyone wants to be part of a winning team, of course. The fundamental question, however, is whether everyone is working with the same view of organisational culture, commitment and collaboration.

Too many of today’s global corporations are walled up by turf-oriented silos, separating one leader’s responsibilities and people from another’s. Sometimes, individual departments, business units and job functions become divided by a lack of teamwork. That only hurts performance and impedes careers.

The hallmarks of an extraordinary team are striking.

For starters, the team must have leaders or coaches who can provide the clearest possible view not only to strategic objectives but also to the level of individual commitment each member of the team must exhibit to achieve them. Likely, there will come a time for encouragement, an expression of frustration, and of exhorting the team to find the best of themselves by pushing harder – and through preconceived notions and biases.

The leader’s role in building a high performance team cannot be overstated, nor can the importance of setting the right examples and demonstrating a service-orientation to empower and inspire each tem member.

Another critical dynamic of exceptional teams is the exhibition of and conveyance of “I’ve got your back, and I know you’ve got mine” behaviours and attitudes.

A powerful and abiding message is sent anytime team members see another individual “working all out,” completely focused on the team mission and perhaps even making some sacrifice of time, energy or otherwise to see it realised. This is a powerful expression of how one’s actions influence an entire team.

It’s important to note, likewise, that even one bad actor or cultural misfit can hurt a team if that person is allowed to stay and bring others down with their bad attitude or lack of real commitment or belief in the leader and or his or her goals for the group.

Behind all great teams there are also important supporters. These are the people who lift the team up when it’s down, who cheer its accomplishments, and who help individuals see what they can become and the promise of whole-group commitment.
There is a special vibe when great people, inspired by visionary and caring leaders, commit to one another and to an important team goal. The energy is electric. The passion is obvious. And the results are often extraordinary.

Harness the power of an extraordinary team – and enlist the commitment of everyone on your team – and the results will speak for themselves.

Copyright © TRANSEARCH International 2015


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