How to Build High Performance Teams

Maggie Sun
4 min readMay 18, 2023

A high-performance team is a group of individuals who work together in efficient collaboration to exceed expectations, outperform other teams, deliver superior performance, and achieve exceptional results.

Creating such a team requires deliberate effort, effective leadership, and a supportive organizational culture. More specifically, the recipe to success in the endeavor of building a high-performance team comprises three critical ingredients.

Build vulnerability-based trust!

Vulnerability-based trust is a concept popularized by Patrick Lencioni in his book “The Five Dysfunctions of a Team.” It refers to a level of trust within a team or organization that allows individuals to be open, honest, and vulnerable with one another.

Building vulnerability-based trust encompasses several essential components:

  • Psychological Safety: Team members must feel psychologically safe to express themselves without fear of negative consequences.
  • Authenticity: Team members should strive to be authentic and genuine in their interactions. They should be willing to show their true selves, share their thoughts and feelings openly, and admit their mistakes.
  • Active Listening: Team members should actively listen to one another, showing…



Maggie Sun

MBA, certified agile coach and experienced strategy analyst, specializing in business agility, agile leadership, Beyond Budgeting, and general management.