High-Performing Teams

According to the Huffington Post, members of high-performing teams report fun and satisfaction when working on collaborative teams because they’re asked to contribute at their highest potential, and they learn along the way.

What are some qualities of a high-functioning team? Great teams are built with people who have great talents and skills. The best teams have skill and personality diversity, and many different strengths appear within the team ranging from strategic thinking to relationship skills.

When a team’s performing at its best, the members are highly engaged. They distribute tasks to build on each other’s strengths, generate ideas, and find creative solutions in a spirit of collaboration, synergy, and a conviction that believes all of us is better than one of us. Together, they achieve the common goal.

High-performing teams are all about a successful collaboration of personalities and skills. When members can complement and enhance each other through their unique skills brought together collaboratively, success always follows.

Roles on a team

To effectively participate on a team there needs to be a clear understanding of the various roles people play on a team. There are various theories as to what roles people play on a team depending on their personalities and skills.

According to the Belbin test, there are various roles people adopt:

  • Shaper: The Shaper is a dynamic, outgoing member of the team. They are often viewed as argumentative, provocative, and impatient.
  • Implementer: A team member who traditionally gets things done. Usually they have the ability of transforming discussions and ideas into practical activities.
  • Completer or Finisher: The individual on the team that’s a task-orientated member of the group and, as their name implies, they like to complete tasks.
  • Coordinator: Often a calm, positive, and charismatic member of the team.
  • Team Worker: Their role helps by giving task-related support and encouragement to the other members of the team.
  • Investigator: This person has strong communication skills, tends to be good at negotiating with people outside the team, and excels at gathering external information and resources.
  • The Plant: An intellectual and individualistic member of the team.
  • Monitor or Evaluator: The team member that’s usually unlikely to get aroused during group discussions. They tend to be clever and unemotional, often detected from other members of the team.
  • Specialist: The person with expert knowledge in some area that’s vital to the success of the group.

For the success of a team, it’s important for members to communicate their strength areas for growth and work to balance each other out. Trust is the basis of any great relationship and it comes through communication.

Communicate. Communicate. Communicate. Become an oversharer of information with vulnerability and transparency. Reduce common fears that exist. Individuals need to understand their part of the puzzle as to why they do what they do. This empowers them to take ownership and collaborate more effectively within the team. This is an important skill inside and outside the workplace. By lack of communication, role imbalance can occur, leading to frustration.

Team Imbalance

Imbalance in team roles is likely to have an impact on team performance. For example, think of having multiple ‘Shapers’ on a team and how that would impact workflow. The Shapers may be in constant conflict with each other based on their role and personalities.

Where are you on a team?

Is the role you play on a team aligned with the role where you thrive professionally?

You may also find yourself in similar roles in your personal life. You have the choice for how you show up every day and what role you choose to play. If you’re not happy with where you currently are on your team personally and/or professionally, change it. In the long run, teams with a clear purpose and good chemistry drive business results. Job satisfaction goes up and employees stay engaged in their work, and so, everybody wins.

Where do you want to be?

Whether you’re currently in a career you love or you’re searching for new opportunities, your role on a team plays a part in how you show up each day.

It’s important to find a role best suited for you to help ensure your job satisfaction. The knowledge of various team roles may be helpful and pertinent for your personal and professional development. Knowing where you thrive, produce, and are appropriately challenged can play a key role in not only your success, but the success of your team at home, as well as at the office.

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