How to Build a Great Team (Part 1)

Today we begin discussing the first of five characteristics of high performing teams. Whether you are a business owner, manager or CEO you need to deliver leadership and direction. The goal is to better equip you to answer that call and to develop your high performing team. So let’s get started.

The first characteristic of a high performing team is a shared vision. What is a shared vision?  This is where everyone has a clear and common understanding of how the leader sees the future.

As a leader, it is likely that you see more than others and you see it sooner than others.  So you have to instill your vision into others; help them chart the course of how to achieve your vision. People need to know what they’re striving to achieve.

Articulate to your crew and staff a clear and powerful vision that resonates to the core of everyone involved, so they know the purpose behind their efforts and so it can ignite their passion. Get them committed to your vision and get your crew and staff to buy into and have ownership of it as well.

“Give to us clear vision that we may know where to stand and what to stand for – because unless we stand for something, we shall fall for anything.”

Peter Marshall (1902–67) Senate Chaplain[i]

Share your vision and regularly review your vision with your team. Write it out and post it where your entire staff and crew can see it. When each team member understands where the team is headed and how their specific role contributes to the overall goals and the vision of the team your productivity skyrockets.


[i]Prayer offered at the opening of the session, April 18, 1947.—Prayers Offered by the Chaplain, the Rev. Peter Marshall … 1947–1948, p. 20 (1949). Senate Doc. 80–170.

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Bob Roitblat is a Leadership Capabilities Expert and TEDx speaker. He helps organizations ignite creativity, overcome challenges and capitalize on opportunities. Bob is also the president of Mainsail Consulting Group, a business-advisory firm. Also connect with Bob on LinkedIn, Twitter or Facebook.

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