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Cultivating High Performing Teams at The Top

By Michael Coffey on Friday, November 11th, 2011 in High Performing Teams, Leadership

The discipline and behaviors for single executive leadership are different than the discipline and behaviors required of an executive leadership team. Leadership teams are required to make significant shifts in their attention

  • From short-term to long-term focus,
  • From tactical to strategic to visionary thinking, and
  • From thinking as individual managers to thinking as a leadership team focused on improved organizational performance.

This is a required discipline that must be mastered by all team members. The members of a successful executive team differentiate between team and non-team opportunities and shift to the discipline and behaviors required for different situations.

Senior executives are most often expected to align the actions of large numbers of people — not to work within the confines of small teams. The pressures of other priorities, the strong desire to preserve the individual accountability of their specialty disciplines, if not ego, make it difficult to form true teams at the top. Yet it is necessary for senior leaders to know when the disciplined set of behaviors required for team performance should take priority over the equally disciplined but very different behaviors required for individual leadership performance. Because real team behaviors in the right situations can improve overall performance, it is critical to understand the difference between situations that require team vs. single leader capabilities.  Both types of behaviors have value.

Two Keys for High Performing Teams at the Top

  • The first key to an effective leadership team is the leader’s willingness to balance the discipline of team performance with the discipline of single leader behavior, not in replacing one with the other.
  • The second key to enhanced executive team performance is the identification of the most important team opportunities for improved organizational performance. The best way to achieve team alignment is to have the group work on a task together, the harder or more important the task, the better.

Executive teams work well as a team when they work on collective or joint work products that have clear performance value. The path to building mutual accountability is through the design and implementation of these collective work products.

By identifying the most important tasks that must be worked on as a team you create the necessary stimulus to bring forth the creativity of team members increasing performance throughout your organization.

To learn more about Top Team performance call Cultiver Group at 760-730-3411.

11 thoughts on “Cultivating High Performing Teams at The Top

    • Lakisha, thank you for the positive feedback our passion is developing leaders and team that are high performing and values driven keep up to date by subscribing to our blog on our website cultivergroup.com Cheers! Michael

    • Vance thank you for the positive feedback. This topic is very close to our heart as well here at Cultiver Group. We will continue to be writing and sharing on this topic so please subscribe to our blog to stay up to date. Our contact info can be found on our website cultivergroup.com Cheers! Michael

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