March 2nd, 2023

Harnessing Self-Mastery to Build High-Performance Teams

As a leader, you want to create an environment of trust and open communication in a diverse, inclusive and safe space for your teams. You need to be able to inspire them, build relationships and foster collaboration. Self-mastery is the key to understanding your own strengths, so that you can use them in different scenarios and create communic strategies crucial to building high performance teams for your organization.

Building this open communication and collaborative creative environment will help you create a culture of ownership where team members understand and embrace the goals of the organization. Fostering a space where you apply coaching and mentoring techniques among your team leaders and team members will give you a leg up on your competition when it comes to attracting and retaining talent. 

To attract and retain the high performers you want in your organization, you have to adopt leading from a place of openness, integrity and even vulnerability. If you want to learn more about the leadership skills of the new era, you can read more about them here.

But how does this relate to the practice of Self-Mastery as a leader?

When it comes to building, inspiring and maintaining high performance teams you need: 

  • Communication Strategies that build trust and openness for crucial conversations 
  • Coaching and Mentoring skills that inspire, influence and increase self-awareness & self-reflection. 
  • Diversity, Equity and Inclusivity mindset and approach 

Each of these skills, ways of thinking and approaches require you to master the art of self-command and understanding of how you can show up at your best. That is where self-mastery comes into play.

If you’re not familiar with the concepts of the practice of mental fitness and the path towards self-mastery, check out my article on unlocking your leadership potential from within. In this article I go deeper into these concepts and how they relate to you as a leader. 

Communication Strategies & Crucial Conversations

Strong communication is at the core of the most successful teams. As a leader, you want to understand what your team needs from you in order to reach their goals. At the same time you want to clearly communicate what you need from them to meet the organization’s goals.

The practice of Self-Mastery will allow you to recognize the styles of communication that work best for the dynamic of your team and its members. This helps you to foster an open line of communication so everyone feels heard. This open communication will also help you assign innitiaives and projects accordingly so that everyone has the opportunity to contribute with their unique gifts and talents.

By adopting the new era of leadership you understand that handling difficult conversations with kindness and grace is not negotiable. Knowing how to confidently navigate tense conversations with your team helps foster mutual respect while still delivering the message clearly and avoiding future confusion.

This goes back to the topic of transparency in leadership and your ability to ask, listen, be open, available and demonstrate empathy among other skills will determine your success in implementing a strong communication approach within your team. If you want to learn more about the role transparency plays in today’s leadership, read about it here.

Being mindful of your own thoughts, emotions and behaviors, you can ensure the crucial conversations stay productive and effective while also fostering an atmosphere of respect within the organization.

Coaching and Mentoring Skills 

Having full authority on how you show up as a leader will enable you to be effectivewhen it comes to coaching your team members towards success. Long gone are the days of simply “ being a boss”. As a leader in the new era you want to adopt a coaching approach to helping your team not just succeed, but excel.

By taking the time to understand the team members development needs, goals and motivations, you can provide targeted feedback and guidance to help them grow. This practice creates an environment where everyone feels supported and inspired to do their best work.

Your own level of self-mastery will help you give constructive feedback that focuses on appreciation and solutions rather than judgments, building trust between teams and managers alike. When done right, this type of communication and leadership makes it easier for those who need mentorship or extra guidance to feel comfortable asking for it without fear of judgment or criticism.

“People who are truly strong lift others up. People who are truly powerful bring others together.”

–Michelle Obama

Diversity, Equity, Inclusivity, Belonging Mindset and Approach

As a woman of color coach, business owner and change management practitioner whose mission is to help close the gap in leadership when it comes to gender and race, I address this head on with all my leadership coaching clients.

Today’s leaders must recognize diversity as an essential component when creating high performing teams. Being committed to fostering a workplace where diversity, equity and inclusivity are the norm is non-negotiable if you want to succeed and reach your full potential in today’s business landscape.

Self-mastery strengthens your innate power to confidently foster a culture of equity, transparency and collaboration where your entire organization can feel a sense of belonging and working together is efficient and seamless. This is how high performance teams are built.

If you’re looking to build successful high performance teams with a diverse set of skill sets, backgrounds and abilities, who are committed towards achieving common goals together, you have to model and lead by example. Harnessing the power of Self-Mastery is the most effective way to becoming a legendary leader in the new era.

Are you fostering a culture of ownership and collaboration within your teams? 

As the CEO or leader in your company, you want a team that takes ownership of their results and a company culture that aligns with the organization’s goals, values and achievement mindset. 

If you’re ready to set up your team for success and maximum results, I can help. My Leadership Powered TEAMS is designed to help your team achieve:


  • Peak performance through growth and achievement mindset
  • Team leadership and healthy relationships across departments 
  • A sense of purpose, wellness and balance throughout the organization
  • Teams working with earned trust and mutual accountability
  • Better team architecture for healthy creativity and maximum initiative 
  • Optimal energy for higher impact from individuals

Want to learn more about how Leadership Powered TEAMS can help propel your company's success?

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About the author

I’m an executive and leadership Certified Coach, CEO Development Strategist and above all I’m your biggest champion. If you are committed to becoming the confident, innovative, compassionate leader of the future, my mission is to help you every step of the way there.