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7 Characteristics of High-Performing Teams

Updated: Jan 16

As a start-up or SME, building a high-performing team is essential to achieving success. But what does it take to create a team that not only performs well, but excels? Here are 7 characteristics of high-performing teams to keep in mind as you build your own team.


A high-performing team is a connected team. Members feel comfortable communicating with each other, sharing ideas, and collaborating to achieve a common goal. To foster connectedness, create opportunities for team members to get to know each other better and on a deeper level. Using a positive psychology tool like Strengthscope® can really enable a team to connect in a more meaningful way.


Belonging is the feeling that you are an integral part of a team, and that your contributions are valued. When team members feel a sense of belonging, they are more engaged and motivated to work towards the team's goals. To foster a sense of belonging, ensure that all team members feel heard and included in decision-making processes.

3.Sense of purpose

High-performing teams have a clear understanding of their purpose and how their work contributes to the overall success of the company. To create a strong sense of purpose, communicate the company's vision and goals clearly and consistently, and ensure that team members understand how their work fits into the bigger picture.

4.Positive psychology

Positive psychology emphasises the importance of focusing on what is going well, rather than what is going wrong. High-performing teams have a positive outlook, celebrate successes, and learn from failures. Encourage a positive mindset by recognising and celebrating successes, and by fostering a culture of learning and growth.


Diversity of thought, experience, and perspective can help teams to see problems from different angles and come up with more creative solutions. To create a diverse team, ensure that your recruitment process is inclusive and that you are actively seeking out candidates from different backgrounds.

6.Effective communication

Effective communication is essential for a high-performing team. Members need to be able to share ideas, provide feedback, and collaborate effectively. Encourage open communication by creating a safe space for team members to share their thoughts and ideas, and by ensuring that everyone has the opportunity to contribute.


Facilitation can help to create a more efficient and effective team. An external facilitator can help to guide team members through difficult conversations, ensure that everyone is heard, and provide valuable insights and feedback. Consider bringing in an HR consultant or facilitator to help your team to work more effectively together.

Building a high-performing team takes time, effort, and commitment. By focusing on these 7 characteristics, you can create a team that is not only productive and efficient, but also connected, motivated, and engaged. And remember, if you need help getting started, an HR consultant or facilitator can provide valuable expertise and support. 

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N.B. Photo courtesy of Shane Rounce on Unsplash

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