High Performing Leaders

Are Your Leaders in the Habit of Building High Performing Teams?

Are your employees engaged? Are they committed to your organization? Are they ready, willing and able to perform in a manner that is required for growing your organization?

We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence then, is not an act, but a habit.

They can be, as long as your leaders have the right habits!

Most of us work in complex organizations that are trying to grow. Regardless if your growth strategy is through acquisition, organic, or a combination of the two…it will only be possible if you have leaders that are capable of identifying, attracting, leading, and developing high performing employees.

The point of this article is not to “blog you down” with more data or theory on employee development, but to provide you with some specific questions that will help evaluate your ability to develop high performing and committed teams.

Expectation & Feedback

Connect employee performance to results that are valued by the organization.

Are your leaders…

  • Setting and clearly communicating expectations regarding your employees’ performance (actions and results)?
  • Explaining how employees’ performance will be measured?
  • Providing feedback that is specific, relevant, positive, frequent, and timely?

Tools & Resources

Provide employees with the resources necessary to be successfully.

Are your leaders…

  • Providing the time, tools & resources necessary for employees to perform?
  • Providing sufficient access to experts and other supporting resources?
  • Documenting the appropriate work processes and procedures?
  • Developing strategies for identifying and addressing obstacles to performance?

Rewards & Consequences

Energize employees to perform.

Are your leaders…

  • Holding employees accountable for performance and results?
  • Removing competing priorities?
  • Clearly communicating opportunities for advancement and/or personal development?
  • Aligning bonuses, raises and recognition to desired employee performance?

Skills & Knowledge

Provide the skill set and discipline to perform.

Are your leaders…

  • Identifying the organizational changes, technologies or strategies that require new skills or knowledge for employees to be successful?
  • Providing access to the right training, at the right time, in the right way?
  • Reinforcing employees’ newly acquired skills and knowledge through on the job coaching?
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So how are your leaders stacking up? Did you find yourself answering “no” to any of the questions (or “Leader Habits”)?

If so, we compiled a list of some the key tactics to help ensure your leaders have the right habits for developing high performing teams. Click on the image to the right to download the complimentary guide!


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Jon Gauthier

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Partner | Jon Gauthier is the Vice President of Consulting at SDI Consulting with responsibility for business unit planning and growth. He also serves as a Senior Performance Consultant where he draws on his 15 years of experience leading and designing strategic performance solutions for fortune 500 clients. Jon is well-regarded by SDI’s clients for his ability to bring clarity to complex organizational performance issues, design solutions that optimize performance, and create deliverables that incite confidence, promote change and adoption, and drive results for their organizations. Jon is a founding member of SDI Consulting and he received his Masters Degree from Western Michigan University in Applied Behavior Analysis.