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5 Distinct Features of High-Performing Teams

Have you ever been a part of a team that was more like an extended family than co-workers? If so, then you know the immense power and potential of high-performing teams. High-performing teams are more than just people who get along well and share common goals; they can be powerful forces for positive change in society.

High-performing teams are the backbone of any organization. They're able to work together, share responsibilities, and hold each other accountable for their actions. These teams have certain characteristics that set them apart from others that don't perform as well. It's important to know what these traits are so you can build a high-performing team in your organization. What it means to be a high-performing team is different for every organization. To achieve success, you must first define what "success" means for your specific company. Once you know what success looks like, then you can begin to develop a team that will work hard and achieve those results.

5 Traits of High-Performance Teams that Sets Them Apart

High-performing teams are more than just a group of people working together. They have an understanding and shared vision for what they want to accomplish, and they stay committed to their goals no matter how difficult the challenges may seem. These five characteristics can help you create your high-performing team:

1) Clear, Measurable Objectives

Each member of the team needs to know what is expected from them to achieve those objectives. Setting clear expectations is essential to achieving success with any task or project, but it's even more important when working on a team. Leaving ambiguous decisions up to each individual on the team may seem harmless at first, but over time these small decisions add up and create confusion among members of the group.

2) Trust and Mutual Respect Among All Members

All voices need to be heard; this is one of the main responsibilities of a leader. Team members need to be flexible and willing to adapt to one another. Flexibility is key when working with team members, new or old. If an individual's personal goals are not in line with the group's goals, they will most likely not stay on the team for longer than one project. High-performing teams trust each other to do their best for the team. They know they won't be judged or criticized if they make mistakes because the whole point of the team is to work together towards success. The members of a high-performing team also believe in one another's ability to succeed.

3) Autonomy

There must be an understanding that each member of the team has different abilities and expertise and therefore should be assigned to specific tasks accordingly. By giving members autonomy, each person can do what they specifically excel at which encourages them to remain engaged and passionate about the work they do. This also allows for better teamwork by allowing members to play to their strengths and passions. Autonomy allows for innovation and individual contributions to be celebrated. It is also a key factor in helping employees feel an investment in their work and a sense of ownership over decisions.

4) Communication

Communication is a distinct feature of high-performing teams. A team that communicates well has more success than one that doesn't. Communication can be verbal or nonverbal, and it is important for all members to feel like their input matters in the discussion. Communication is one of the key features that distinguish high-performing teams from low-performing ones. The latest research shows that the average team member receives over 12 emails each day, handles 4 phone calls, and has 3 meetings. This means they are constantly bombarded with information coming at them in every direction. To make matters worse, not everyone on a team communicates well or consistently which can lead to miscommunication or misunderstandings between employees. Communication is an essential part of teamwork and managers need to encourage their employees to develop better skills when it comes to communicating effectively so they can have more productive conversations with their teammates.

5) Commitment and Accountability

A commitment is an unspoken contract between teammates to give 100% during every task assigned by management no matter how difficult it may seem at first glance. Members should take responsibility for their actions as well as other members of the team which means they should also be more proactive in avoiding mistakes. By being more accountable, people are less likely to take advantage of their co-workers' efforts or neglect their responsibilities.


As you can see, there are many different ways to effectively create a high-performing team. The most important thing is that you do what works best for your organization and the people on it. Once these foundational elements have been established, each individual will be able to grow within their role without feeling held back by other members of the group. Everyone will be able to take pride in their work and feel comfortable taking risks without judgment or repercussion.

High-performing teams are more than just a group of people. They have distinct features that set them apart from the rest, and we’ve outlined five key traits that you should look for in your team to help ensure success.


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