The success of a business is often seen through its results and outputs, but more than that, having a high-performance team that is productive, motivated, and focused marks the true sign of success. And being on a high-performance team is a huge boost for any employee included in it, as it carries the connotation that they bring value to a project and the company.
Most would agree that a huge factor that plays into the development, performance, and functionality of a team, however, is in its team leaders or managers, as they are the ones at the helm and are expected to take charge of the team.
A 2016 study in Forbes Magazine revealed that to develop a high-performance team, a manager must inspire more than they drive, resolve conflicts and increase cooperation, set stretch goals, communicate the vision and direction, and foster trust. Leaders who rated poorly on these behaviors only had 13% of their team “highly committed”, whereas those who rated highly in all five dimensions had 71% of their team highly-committed.
These team leaders exhibit traits that are found in a good coach rather than the standard idea of a manager, who are associated with the idea of someone who is more invested in the results of a team rather than the success of the individuals on the team. A good coach, on the other hand, knows that it is more important to develop people rather than focus on outputs alone.
Here are the traits that can tell you whether your managers are good coaches that will help your business succeed through the growth of your employees:
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