To identify the true ingredients in a High Performing Team, Larson & LaFasto studied hundreds of teams from across industries and geography. These characteristics have been used around the world to assist in developing teams.

1. Have a clear, elevating goal

The goal must challenge the individuals and the team and have a sense of urgency due to the performance objective to be accomplished.

2. A results driven structure

Clear channels of communication, monitoring and providing feedback to individual performance and clear roles and accountability for actions comprise a results driven structure.  This allows the team to perform and understand what the guidelines and responsibility are for each team member. l

3. Competent Team Members

The best equipped people to accomplish as task are seen as being competent.  These team members can achieve the desired goals and work effectively with others.

4. Unified Commitment

“Team Spirit” is the sense of enthusiasm or pride that is felt by team members that are committed to achieving a common goal.  .

5. Collaborative Climate

Creating the right climate with honesty, openness, consistency and respect.

6. Standards of Excellence

Standards determine the performance needed for a team to accomplish a goal. 

7. External Support & Recognition

This exists primarily if the team is given the resources needed to achieve their goal.  Research shows the lack of external support and recognition was a common reason why teams failed. 

8. Principled Leadership

Effective teams have effective leaders. For this to happen within teams, the following three things occur:  1) the team members know what to expect from the team,  2) it is understood what the team leader should expect from team members  and  3) leadership principles that establish a supportive decision making process that encourages team members to contribute.