Many companies have the abilities and resources to find high-quality talent to add to their teams. However, finding talent and leading them to be part of a high-performance team are two very different challenges.
Recruitment spends, good salary offers, and specialised headhunting can help companies find good talent. Yet what most companies struggle to do is to keep that talent. It comes down to a lack of leadership. If you are leading a high-performance team correctly, your team will want to stay since they are fulfilled and happy.
So how do you lead a high-performance team? While salaries and benefits may attract the right people, they will certainly not keep them. To retain team members, they need to feel valued and challenged.
Here are 5 things you need to do to keep a high-performance team.
Firstly, focus on strengths
Understand where your team’s strengths lie and help them to improve on their strengths. Give them the room and ability to learn and study further to improve themselves and their skills. High-performing individuals often feel more engaged when they are learning. Allowing them to focus and improve on their strengths will make them happy and fulfilled.
Secondly, have Regular Feedback Sessions
Growth is a critical aspect of many people’s lives. A great way to show growth is to have regular feedback sessions. Rather than keeping your sessions to once a year, by doing it after every project, you can keep your team engaged, learning and growing thanks to the regular feedback.
Thirdly, Challenge your Team
If your team is not challenged they will likely be bored. A bored team is less productive, less creative and essentially more costly! Keep your team challenged with work and with fun events like hackathons and company competitions. These initiatives can spur team creativity!
Next, Make the Meaning Clear
We often tend to look at the numbers and/or the results of a project. While this is valid, you also need to focus on the meaning and purpose behind each project. However, focusing on the meaning and purpose can help your team relate to the purpose and give them a greater sense of drive.
Lastly, Show your Appreciation
Expressing appreciation is something we all mean to do but often forget to do. Showing appreciation for your team is invaluable! It makes your team feel more like a team and less like employees. Additionally, team socials, retreats and outings are all great ways to show your team that you appreciate them!
Having a high-performing team is one of the best ways to grow your company. However, to keep this team at its peak performance, you need to lead them! Leading your team through challenges, appreciation, and purpose is the best way to keep your team happy.
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