Leading High Performance Teams—Know & Motivate others


Although the ghost of the Great Man—the stereotypical all powerful, undisputed leader who controls an organisation and determines its success or failure—still haunts the leadership landscape, successful organisations of today need something more. A distributive, collective form of leadership, with leaders who know how to engage the right people at every level of the organisation, has become a paradigm for building sustainable organisations.

Leading High Performance Teams focuses on team roles, configurations and dynamics. It explores the recurring patterns of behaviour that influence an individual’s effectiveness within a team and the performance of the team as a whole.

Assessing the predominant behaviour patterns of teams—also known as archetypes—provides greater knowledge of the positive and negative aspects of individual leadership behaviour. Self-knowledge can be used by leaders to adjust to the demands made by followers, the industry and the external socio-economic environment. At the team level, this knowledge can be used to identify the leadership styles needed to ensure optimal team performance and to build a team constellation that is characteristic of high performance teams.

Learning Goals

  • Identify the essential components of effective high performance teams
  • Identify personal leadership style
  • Understand the need to adapt leadership style to the context within the organisation
  • Understand the benefits and challenges of complementarity within teams
  • Learn how to structure and build effective teams
  • Redefine roles and responsibilities
  • Practice different leadership styles in teams

Day 1 Introduction

  • Introduction to high performance teams
  • Learn about the variety of leadership styles within an organisational context
  • Leadership and team exercises
  • Introduction to coaching and feedback

Day 2 Group Coaching

  • Group or team coaching with 360° feedback using 'Life Case' presentations
  • Match stengths and weaknessess to particular roles and challenges
  • Learn to manage and work for people with certain dominant traits
  • Understand which combination of styles work well together and which to avoid

Day 3 Action planning

  • Assess team alignment
  • Develop an individual and team action plan
  • Consider ways to embed learning back in the organisation
  • Synthesis and wrap up