7 Traits of a High Performing Team

Charles BrecqueCharles Brecque
Last updated on:
April 11, 2022
Published on:
April 6, 2022

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Every company can benefit from having a high-performing team. They’re goal-oriented, focused on their role, and understand each other’s responsibility in the project. They have complementary skills that are used for achieving a particular objective. We’ve created this guide to show you some of the traits of high-performing teams. This will give you an idea of what you should aim to have in your team.

They Have a Clear Vision

The first trait of a high-performing team is that they have clear goals. You need to set realistic goals and communicate them clearly with your team. Setting impossible goals create confusion and make team members feel disappointed whenever they can’t reach them. That’s why it’s also important to know the team’s availability and skills when creating the strategy.

Imagine you are a tech startup. All members of the team, including the software developers, salespeople, customer support, and HR, need to be on the same page with clear goals.

Each Member Has a Specific Role in the Project

When team members understand their role in the project, they feel more motivated, are more productive, and commit to the company’s goals. This provides a sense of importance that benefits the organisation’s productivity and overall results. On the other hand, team members who don’t understand their role in the company are most likely to shy away from the goal.

Another benefit is that it prevents conflict from the responsibility of ownership by defining everyone’s limits. In addition to this, it provides accountability, so whenever there’s an issue in the project, you know exactly who you should talk to.


Treat Each Other With Respect 

Everyone in your organisation must trust and respect each other. This will help you avoid conflict, bring innovative ideas to the team, and take risks. Conflict is inevitable in any team, but respecting barriers makes the process easier. Trust and respect also come from having a team with diversified backgrounds where everyone knows each other’s value to the company.

Prioritise Tasks

Another relevant trait that high-performing teams have is organisational skills. They identify their goals, what steps they will take to achieve them, and prioritise tasks. Prioritising tasks allows you to focus on the most urgent duties and work on those first. This way, you can work more efficiently, meet deadlines, and provide good results.

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Commit to Deadlines and Corporate Standards

High-performing teams are 100 percent competent in committing to deadlines. They are reliable team members who have time management skills. Of course, we’re all humans, and there will be days where we just can’t meet our goals, but high-performing teams have a high on-time delivery rate.

Recognise Success

Recognising success is crucial for team management. It provides a sense of value, achievement, and success to all team members and, most importantly, motivates them to improve. 

Feedback is always important, no matter if it’s positive or negative. You must be able to communicate even the negative aspects respectfully. Keep in mind that not feeling valued is a valid reason to leave a job. That’s why it is so important to provide feedback and make your employees feel part of the process.

Practice Resilience

Deep planning is crucial for achieving your goals. It will minimise risks and costs and provide a clear path for team members. However, you need to leave some space for the unexpected. Being resilient is part of having a high-performing team. Your team must adapt to change and provide solutions to the unexpected.


High-performing teams have a special recipe that consists of analytical skills, resilience, open communication, organisation, trust, and respect. Regardless of the industry, these traits are crucial for providing good results. Whether you have a web development, communications, or finance team, it is important to encourage them to communicate openly, be respectful, and trust each other.

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