As a leader or an Agile leader, you are part of a fast-paced and dynamic work environment. As the leader, is team performance a critical measurement of your overall success? We think so!
In addition to your success as a leader, stakeholders want to see a continued increase in team performance, because… let’s be honest, who wouldn’t want to? If you are the leader of an agile team, may I assume that collaboration, flexibility, and continuous feedback are already fostered on a daily basis? How then can you influence and contribute to an increase in collective team performance?
In this article, we will explore three key strategies that you can implement that will increase collective team performance, including clear communication, team collaboration, and continuous improvement.
These approaches help leaders like you build high-performing teams that are capable of delivering exceptional results in a rapidly changing world. We know this to be true because we train people like you in our workshops and cohorts to be better team facilitators, better communicators, and better leaders.
Improve Collective Team Performance with Clear Communication
Clear communication is essential for improving collective team performance in any team environment. Agile principles emphasize the importance of collaboration and open communication between team members, as well as between the team and stakeholders. As a leader, you can promote clear communication by establishing a company culture of transparency, encouraging active listening, and promoting open and honest feedback.
By using tools such as:
- daily stand-up meetings
- team retrospectives
- regular check-ins
leaders can help ensure that everyone is on the same page and working towards a common goal.
By not only promoting but modeling clear communication yourself, you build trust and alignment within your team. To start, have ‘thinking together’ conversations.
Improve Collective Team Performance with Collaboration
Collaboration and team building activities are two ways to improve team performance and go hand in hand. As the leader of any team, it’s of the utmost importance to organize team-building activities, consistently encourage collaboration within the team, and create a space for planned idea-sharing times. In other words, create a positive, safe, supportive work environment, aka an inclusive work culture.
In addition, fostering regular and clear communication between teams and stakeholders can help to build trust and alignment all around, leading to more effective and efficient decision-making.
By prioritizing collaboration along with clear communication, leaders can help to drive innovation and creativity, and increase overall team performance.
Improve Collective Team Performance with Continuous Improvement
After clear communication and collaboration, continuous improvement is the third key aspect of leadership and a key factor in improving collective team performance. By embracing a growth mindset and continuously seeking ways to optimize processes and workflows, teams can stay ahead of the curve and continuously improve their performance.
As the team leader, you promote continuous improvement by encouraging the following within your team.
- Providing opportunities for skill development
- Fostering a culture of learning
Leaders who help their teams stay adaptable, innovative, and always striving for excellence have some of the best-performing teams and a high rate of employee retention and satisfaction, too!
Are You Unintentionally Hindering Team Performance?
You *might* be the culprit and hindering your own team’s performance. Do you want to find out if your team is underperforming partly because of your leadership?
Read this article about team collaboration at its best and worst. TeamCatapult helps leaders like you (and teams like yours) increase their performance. Curious about what that looks like?