behaviours of high performing teams

The essential behaviours of high performing teams

While it may sound strange at first, there are plenty of observable behaviours of high performing teams that you’ll notice if you’re hanging around one for long enough. Perhaps you’ve just started leading a new team, or are in the midst of rebuilding a team from the ground up.

Either way, in this article we’re going to delve into the essential behaviours of high performing teams. These are the behaviours that you’ll want to cultivate and strengthen in order to achieve high performance. 


6 observable behaviours of high performing teams


#1: Actively participating in team discussions

Whether they’re a co-located, hybrid or distributed team, a high performing team is committed to actively (and equally)  participating in team discussions. This could be general morning meetings or more intensive, idea-generating discussions. Either way, in a high performing team you’ll notice every individual taking part and speaking up. It’s one of the behaviours of high performing teams that’s most noticeable if you’re an outsider (client, guest, interstate colleague) joining the team for a gathering. There’s no room for hanging in the background silently in a high performing team.


#2: Practicing appreciation

In workplaces where teams have unhealthy relationships, it’s very rare to see team members showing appreciation for one another on a personal or professional level. However, in the case of high performing teams, showing appreciation is second nature. Whether it’s a quick text to say thanks or a random act of kindness, showing appreciation is a priority in high performance teams.


#3: Collaborative problem solving

If a problem arises or a challenge presents itself in the midst of a project, high performing teams are quick to gather together for a bit of collaborative problem solving. This responsive, proactive approach serves high performing teams well, and is one of the main reasons these teams are able to produce such high quality outcomes. In order to be a highly successful team it’s worth taking the time to master this behaviour.


#4: Working towards shared goals

Unlike BAU goals that revolve around KPIs, the team goals that high performing teams strive towards are team-driven and are often closely tied to adding value outside of their specific team function. As an example, our teams have set goals around charity projects in the past. Setting and working towards shared team goals is one of the most important aspects of high performance team culture. 


#5: Giving feedback regularly

High performing teams don’t shy away from giving feedback. In fact, true high performing teams have got feedback down to a science. They are quick to give feedback in a way that is both respectful and clear, and because of this are able to move quickly and innovate effectively. Collaboration can only work well when team members are able to give each other valuable feedback.


#6: Seeking clarity

When individuals in a high performing team are missing information or are unsure of next steps, they don’t hesitate to seek clarity. Whether they’re in a virtual team meeting or in a collaborative discussion, if clarity is needed team members will speak up and ask questions until they have cleared the way forward.


Are there any behaviours of high performing teams that you could adopt and encourage within your own team? Take note and if you want to take it a step further, share this article with your team and discuss it in your next team meeting. 

For more team development and high performing team goodness, take a look at our Great Team Framework.