High-performing military teams are crucial to mission success. But it takes more than just tactical military training for teamwork to be effective. For teams (and individuals) to complete mission-essential tasks, it takes strong, interpersonal social-fitness skills on top of tactical training. So, what are the person-to-person skills and beliefs that make up high-performing teams?
- It starts with trust—in each other’s dedication to the mission and the team.
- With trust comes team cohesion and your teammates uniting to complete a task and form one-on-one connections, no matter how different their backgrounds.
- Diversity, another key component of optimized teams, is about accepting and recognizing how different skills and experiences can boost creativity and support problem-solving.
- But at the top of it all, high-performing teams have high-performing leadership. The best leaders foster trust, cohesion, and diversity while also using their own interpersonal skill sets to support their teams across the board.
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