The Common Barriers to the Successful Functioning of a High-Performing Team

Having a High Performing Team is crucial if you are an ambitious business owner or MD and are thinking about growing your business.

But there are several barriers or challenges which often prevent teams from being successful and here’s what we see in the businesses we work with, and help them to resolve, when we are helping them to achieve a High Performing Team and Business.  These barriers are often due to the differences in attitude, approach, aspirations, job roles and experience of the team members.

Let us take a look at some of the issues which these High-Performing teams are often faced with:

Lack of Trust

The success of High-Performing teams greatly depends upon the extent of trust and confidence which the team members have for each other and their leader and being able to work collaboratively.  Lack of trust can be a major barrier in the path of success as the team will fail to work towards a single purpose and will give importance to individual concerns. In the absence of trust, team efficiency and productivity will be adversely affected.

Relationship Problems

Poor interpersonal relationships amongst the team members can pose a big threat or challenge to the successful performance of the High-Performing teams. The team members will prioritise their individual well-being and success over the team success.

Leadership Problems

In the absence of a great team leader, the performance of team members is bound to suffer. Leaders set examples for the team members and provide insight, experience, and strategic direction for the team. They set a clear vision for team members to work towards. Great Leaders enforce a framework of compliance and establish a high-performing culture for team members, they motivate and ignite the teams to achieve superior benchmarks at work.

Absence of or Poorly Defined Values

The core values of a team make it clear as to what’s expected of everyone in terms of behaviours and attitude. These values are the guiding framework which influence the behaviour of the team members and their day-to-day actions as well. The leadership and management teams should enforce the core values by aligning them with the performance management system, appraisals or performance review process as well as with any organisational policies.

A poorly designed Review process

A poorly designed and implemented review process means that the team may not have the clarity required to be working on the right things for the business. The process should praise their results and behaviours and motivate them to continue to perform at a high level.

The process also needs to allow for constructive feedback to be given that helps the team members to overcome their limitations and improve continuously at work.  This feedback acts as the guiding framework for the team members to perform better, learn from their mistakes and to avoid such mistakes in future. In the absence of an effective feedback framework, the teams will fail to deliver optimal results and act upon their personal development goals.

Role Ambiguity

In the absence of a clear job description and role clarity amongst the team members, conflicts will happen which will ultimately impede the overall performance of a high-performing team.

In summary

High-Performing teams are absolutely fundamental to your success if you are an ambitious business owner and looking to grow your business. They need to be nurtured and require continuous support as well as the guidance of an inspiring and motivational leader who can motivate the team members to continuously exceed their expectations and achieve great results.

For such teams to prosper and deliver the intended goals of the business, the members of the teams should be made to feel that their presence and contributions are valued, acknowledged, and will be rewarded appropriately. The team should feel that they are treated as more than just employees by their managers and the leaders of the business.

Are you ready to create a High Performing Team and a High Performing Business?

If so, then you’ll want to come along to our 1 hour FREE session where we will share some great tips with you about how you can achieve a High Performing Business. To join us at one of our two sessions you can book 5pm on the 15th July here or 8am on the 16th July here 

If you can’t make this event, you can find out more about the High Performing Business Program here: High Performing Business Program – Meraki HR