Leaders Encourage and Develop Teamwork (V1 Course 7 Overview)

4 Ingredients

...will help a leader identify and create cohesive actions and results. Teams need to know who is doing what, where they are going, a structure that supports teamwork and coaching to keep them aligned toward 

the results. Additionally, leaders can encourage teams best when they understand the stages teams typically move through.

5 Team Stages

...encourage the leader to see how the stages of Forming, Storming and Norming need to be considered before the focus on Performing can become preeminent. The stages are more iterative rather than sequential, but each needs to be dealt with to become performance oriented. Finally, for best results, teams also need to realize the Adjourning stage which can be used for passing on learning to other individuals, groups and teams. Each stage requires different leadership and coaching approaches. The newer the team, the more direction or results orientation is needed, while the more mature teams can function with leaders spending more time developing members capacity and leadership skills.

5 Critical Mistakes and The PROBLEM

...provides insight into the key struggles or issues for teams. Successful teams resolve five critical mistakes; Lack of Trust, Inappropriate Conflict, Lack of Commitment, Lack of Accountability and Unclear Outcomes. Each of those mistakes left unresolved can cripple a team. Leaders are more effective when they teach teams how to resolve struggles rather than being the solution creator. The common problem is members focusing on themselves instead of the team. There is a “me” in team, but it is realigned and refocused.

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