10 Characteristics of a Winning Team

Have you ever been a part of a winning team? To be successful in today’s business climate, as leaders we must assemble a team that can WIN! Here are 10 characteristics of a winning team…how many does your team have?

1) Clarity of Vision – Everyone on the team must have clarity of the vision that has been laid out before them. With out clarity, there is no synergy. Once your team knows what they are striving for, you will get the best effort from them. Make sure that you communicate the vision with clarity and purpose.

2) Convergence Placement – When people are operating out of their passion as well as their gifting, they are in convergence. Make sure that each team member is fulfilling a role that they are competent to do. If the quarterback of the football team lined up at any other position, he would not be as effective.

3) Commitment – Without a commitment from each team member to do their part, a team will fail to perform up to it’s potential. The journey to success will be filled with detours, delays and drama. Therefore, it is imperative that the team is sold out and committed to it’s cause.

4) Communication – Effective communication is essential for any team to be successful. With the interdependence of different departments, the communication among them is crucial for the success of the team as a whole. Where there is no communication, there is no production.

5) Collaboration – As Henry Ford once said, “Coming together is a beginning, keeping together is progress, working together is success.” A collaborative effort ensures that the best product/service is delivered and that the highest level of production is achieved.

6) Contribution – As with any sports team, everyone must do their part. An organizational structure is like a well oiled machine. Every part has a function and must operate properly to ensure peak performance. Every member of the team has a role to play and unless that role is executed properly, the machine does not run.

7) Constraint Free – Constraints are limiting beliefs that hold us back form performing at our best. If any member of the team has a constraint, it is limiting the possibilities of the entire team. Help your people overcome their limiting beliefs so that they can perform at their peak.

8) Continual Improvement – In the Japanese culture there is a word for this mentality – Kaizen. If the culture of your organization is to always continue to improve the quality, performance and production; success is imminent.

9) Celebrate Victories – It was Bernard Law Montgomery who said, “No leader, however great, can long continue unless he wins victories.” It is important that you take time to celebrate the victories along the way. This will ensure that your team stays motivated to persevere along the way to success.

10) Cohesiveness – In the movie Gladitor, Maximus Meridius and his fellow gladiators are in the Roman Coliseum standing before the Emperor and a blood thirsty crowd facing whatever enemies Caesar will send against them. Maximus says to his men, “Whatever comes out of these gates, we’ve got a better chance of survival if we work together. If we stay together we survive. Come together. Lock your Shields, stay AS ONE!

Take some time and evaluate your team against these characteristics, how do they stack up? What areas could you focus on to increase the probability that your team will WIN?

To Your Success, Bryan Caison

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