What’s the biggest challenge in leading a high-performing team?

September 20, 2018 No Comments

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Our reader poll today asks: What’s the biggest challenge in leading a high-performing team?

  • Dealing with their strong personalities: 25.1%
  • Helping lower performers keep up: 14.8%
  • Getting them to act as a team and not individuals: 41.2%
  • Staying one step ahead of them: 8.6%
  • Some other type of challenge: 3.2%
  • There are no challenges. I love it!: 4.8%

High performers need to be a team. Clearly strong personalities and team dynamics rule when it comes to leading a high-performing team. Getting them to gel and work together can be the difference between distinctive or disastrous performance. Building a high-performing team begins well in advance of doing any work. A few critical success factors like hiring for fit, accurately assessing talent and building trust at the early stages of team formation can get your people pulling in the same direction. High-performing teams don’t happen by accident. They require you to focus deliberately on cohesion and trust to get them to perform.

Do you agree with these poll results? Let us know in the comments below!

Mike Figliuolo at thoughtLEADERS, LLC

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These results were originally a SmartPulse poll in SmartBrief on Leadership which tracks feedback from more than 210,000 business leaders. Get smarter on leadership and sign up for the SmartBrief on Leadership e-newsletter.

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