Leading Teams to High Performance

"made a significant difference to the ...success of both the individuals and the team, with her contribution and instinct for what is required to develop a winning team formula."

UK Sports Council
"Success though teams needs a leadership shift from 'what can I get out of this team to meet my needs' to 'what can I provide the team so we can achieve our goal."

This experience is designed to challenge leaders to freshly examine their attitude to leadership and assumptions about teamwork, understand the impact they have on team performance and then strengthen their leadership effectiveness.

Drawing upon lessons from the wild, where effective leadership and team-working is still the difference between life, death and species survival enhances key learning points and insights.

A highly interactive and practical experience!

Optional Leadership Effective Diagnostic (LED)

Prepared prior to the workshop. This optional diagnostic is a simple web-based questionnaire providing Leaders with an insight into their impact and effectiveness, as perceived by themselves, their peers, direct reports and Line Manager(s). The collated report is brought into the workshop alerting each participant to the areas that deserve the most attention and their strengths to build upon.

Workshop outline

Gives details of all the standard sessions, however we are always happy to customise this workshop to meet your specific needs.


This workshop is typically progressed through an initial 2-day workshop followed six to eight weeks later by a 1-day follow up.

Further recommended development opportunities include; " Coaching for High Performance", "Leading Virtual Teams" and "Effective Meetings and Facilitation". Leaders can also return with their full team to work together through "Team Start Up".

Target participation

Leaders at all levels in a business that wants to be better equipped to lead teams and deal effectively with the issues and challenges inherent in teams.

Support materials

Participants receive a copy of the comprehensive Guidebook "The Practitioner's Guide to High Performance Teamwork" in which the usual dry textbook theory has been replaced with practical, action-oriented tips, text, worked examples, tools and key documents. The clear layout enables the Leader to pick and choose the most useful elements for them according to the size, nature and complexity of the Team's goals. Following the workshop participants can download from our website over 20 invaluable team templates with worked examples in the guidebook.

This valuable resource is available in either printed or electronic format.

Workshop Outline


A lively, fast-paced introduction that sets the tone for the workshop and grabs immediate attention and interest. Includes: review of agenda, ground rules, expectation-setting and a team ‘icebreaker’ exercise providing data on current team and leadership behaviour.

Introducing the high performance team

High performance teamwork demands full-blooded commitment – there are no passive bystanders.

This session introduces the concept of the high performance team, in which fusion and cohesion between individuals is required; and contrasts it with a group, which basically remains a collection of individuals.

We examine the typical challenges and opportunities confronting team members, and view them in relationship to the current status of participants’ own teams.

Leading a high performance team

What does leadership mean? We examine the personal and business expectations and assumptions brought to leadership.

We compare the traditional leadership role with that of the high performing team leader, and assess the personal costs and benefits of each.

The concept of situational leadership is brought to life, with participants examining their current styles and diagnosing which style is appropriate in different situations.

Leadership diagnostic

This session examines two common barriers to high performance – managing issues and exchanging feedback.

Tools, insights and processes are provided to take back into the workplace, thus setting the scene for leaders to review their own diagnostic report, identifying the issues to tackle and the strengths to hold on to.

Getting started with teams

Tools, tips and processes are provided to ensure that from the moment a team is created, it has a fighting chance of success.

Topics covered include: Selecting Your Team; Welcoming New Members; Team Health Checklist; Contracting.

The journey to high performance

So what does it take to convert a collection of individuals into a high performing team?

Participants are introduced to the nine essential elements that must be managed to ensure the effective building of teams and sustaining of high performance. Up to six of the nine elements will be studied in depth during this workshop.

Scenarios to face

A series of typical leadership scenarios challenge participants to work through how they would respond today and how they need to respond to get the best out of others.

Living the 9 essential elements for high performance

Day two consists of a series of practical sessions equipping leaders with the tools and insights to ensure that their teams can accomplish and sustain the nine essential elements for high performance: Purpose; Commitment; Trust; Capability; Accountability; Principles; Creativity and Responsiveness & Recognition.

Conclusions and closure for a team

How teams are disbanded, and the individual efforts of team members reviewed and recognised, can significantly impact the willingness of an individual to join a fresh team. So this is about making the goodbyes as great as the welcomes.

Taking it back to the business

Leaders create a “Re-Entry Plan” to ensure that the skills and insights they have acquired can be appropriately introduced into the workplace and applied.

The Team Performance Chart


The elements of the engaging stage create the foundation on which high performance teams can be built. These elements are:

Purpose - The fundamental reason behind creating the team and committing valuable business resources to support it achieving its goals

Commitment - A conscious decision taken individually and collectively by the team to dedicate time and energy to achieve the purpose and goals set by the business

Trust - An acceptance by all those involved in meeting the team goals that foster a level of reliance on the characteristics and integrity of the others is essential to the success of the team

High Performance Team Training: Engaging


The enabling stage provides the core requirements for how the team will operate and how individuals will contribute to that operation. These core requirements are:

Capability - The skill, knowledge and capacity of the individuals, stakeholders and team to perform the required tasks to the agreed timescale to ensure the goal is achieved.

Accountability - The acceptance by all parties of the responsibilities of individuals, stakeholders and the team in the achievement of the team's goals.

Principles - The agreed "rules", processes and norms which help shape and govern how the team works together to achieve its goals. These principles provide the glue which keeps the team "together" providing the necessary clarity and structure from which greater creativity, efficiency and risk taking can emerge.

High Performance Team Training: Enabling


The elements of energising provide the team with the fuel to overcome obstacles and create innovative solutions on the route to success. These elements are:

Creativity - The fostering of a team culture and environment which stimulates the creation, capture and implementation of innovative ideas

Responsiveness - The capacity of individuals and the team to react positively and effectively to unforeseen obstacles or changes.

Recognition - The continuous appreciation of individual and group efforts which contribute to the building of the team or the achievement of the goal.

High Performance Team Training: Energising
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