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Leading Empowered Teams*

Overview
Coordinated team efforts always have more impact than the efforts of individuals doing their own thing. The task of the team leader is to mold a group of individuals into a high-performing team. To accomplish that objective, the team leader must understand the critical components of team dynamics. This workshop is designed to provide each participant with much greater understanding of what stage their team is currently functioning and how to build toward empowerment.

Conceptual Model of Team Development
This workshop is built around Bruce W. Tuckman’s model of the four predictable stages of team development.

  • Forming – Looks like “polite”
  • Storming – Looks like “conflict”
  • Norming – Looks like “cooperation”
  • Performing – Looks like “results”

They assert that the primary reason a team fails is lack of understanding on the leader’s part as to how to take a team from the “forming” stage to the “performing” stage.

Core Content
Through this workshop, each leader will learn the characteristics of a team at each stage and the style of leadership appropriate to that stage.

First, they will learn the characteristics of a Team versus a Work Group.

  • Team members have mutual goals or a reason to work together.
  • Team members must perceive a need for interdependent working relations.
  • Individuals must be committed to the group effort.
  • The team must be accountable to a higher level within the organization.

Then they will learn about the four stages of team development. The participants are divided into groups to watch four short movie clips from the movie Hoosiers. The groups discuss what they see in each stage and then determine the appropriate role of the leader.

Outcome
By the end of this three-hour workshop, participants will have a working knowledge of how to lead their teams though each stage of development to become high performing.

*Note: This workshop is conducted in affiliation with Leadership Research Institute (LRI).

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