A group of extraordinary people achieves remarkable results, while their members experience a fundamental shift in the way they view the world.
These groups are found in every sector… We heard about them from leaders of organizations, information technology professionals and soldiers, as well as software developers, trainers, and managers, small-business counselors, community college counselors: Doctors, nurses, event planners, health care administrators, and insurance executives.
Eight factors are found in extraordinary groups
1. An inspiring purpose that motivates and challenges members to make the group’s work a priority.
You will witness extraordinary groups at work, and you’ll see that they have a shared purpose and are inspiring. Members are motivated by their shared sense and make their group a priority, even when there are other priorities. The members know that collaborating on a common goal is crucial to their success.
2. A shared leadership approach that encourages members and others to share responsibility for the success of the group.
Extraordinary groups do not have to be leader-centric or top-down. Leadership is shared by all members of the group. The lead role changes depending on the topic and the required expertise.
They know that they can start a project, task, issue, or challenge. These groups will have members working together to facilitate, organize, suggest, and initiate tasks, problems, or challenges.
3. Just enough structure to create confidence to move forward, but not so much as to become bureaucratic or burdensome.
Extraordinary groups may come up with innovative ways to work that are more focused on outcomes than structure. The members work in a collaborative, flexible, creative, and adaptive way together.
They create a just-enough structure – at the time that is needed – to support purpose and outcomes.
4. Engaged members who are enthusiastic about their roles and contribute with passion, sometimes chaotically and passionately.
Fully engaged members are more likely to contribute their skills and knowledge to the group. Rather than waiting to be asked, they don’t hold back.
5. Accepting and valuing differences is crucial to group members seeing, loving, and using their strengths.
Respect each other as individuals and for the talents, knowledge, skills, and abilities they bring to the group’s mission.
6. Unexpected learning can lead to personal and collective growth.
These groups can be transformed only if they learn. Members are excited by the work they have done and joined forces to learn together and support one another.
7. Stabilized relationships between members that are characterized by trust and collegiality as well as friendship.
Working together can lead to new relationships and even lasting friendships. These relationships are characterized by high quality and energetic interactions.
8. Amazing results, both tangible and intangible.
Exceptional groups often achieve results that exceed members’ expectations.
This list of indicators is handy. You will enjoy watching an exceptional group of people at work, and you’ll be busy checking off the hands. These eight indicators were able to identify whether the groups were for-profit, nonprofit, or employee-led and whether they were face-to-face, virtual, or both.