I was recently doing some research on what training material is available for building a high-performing team. I have to admit I was surprised by the number of sources that were targeting team ‘leaders’ or team ‘managers.’
Indeed, the role of a team leader is not to be underestimated, it is an important one. Someone leading a team needs to be inspiring, engaging and responsible for giving the right direction and guidance to the members. If we really want to become high-performing as a team though, there’s only one way to achieve that: go through the journey as a team.
Equipping a manager with tons of knowledge on what good looks like, it is just not enough. If we want to improve the way we work with one another, all of us need to try moving towards that goal. It’s only when all of the team members understand the value of doing so, that they can contribute in a way that is driving results. If everyone in the team is aware of what characteristics make a great team, then together, as a collective, they can experiment on ways to bring them to life. Investing the time to get to know your fellow colleagues, the people you actively work with every day, can have a massive impact on how you collaborate.
For team performance to be improved, it requires the effort, input and active engagement of the team members, including the team leader.