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Team Leadership : Understanding Teams

Top : Team Leadership : Understanding Teams - If you are going to lead a team, you should understand how teams work, how to team build, and group dynamics. The material in this section isn't about leadership per se but supports building better teams through understanding team issues.


Leading Teams

Leading in teams is something that occurs whether there's a formal leader for the team or when leadership comes from within the group from team members who don't have formal authority. So, if you work in a team environment, this section will help you understand how teams work, and more importantly, how you can lead through your words and actions, informally.

While you are here, you might find useful our LearnBytes helpcard on how to contribute more effectively to your team. While written for team members, many of the ideas relate to team leadership.

Advice For Team Leaders

  • Action Centered Leadership Model By John Adair
    You can learn about this leadership model here. This model consists of three core management activities. They are 1)achieving the task, 2)managing the team or group, and 3)managing individuals. And they are all discussed here. (Added: 5-Apr-2010 Hits: 1572 )
  • Article - The Seven Keys to Building Great Workteams By Suzanne Zoglio
    Fostering teamwork is a top priority for many leaders. The benefits are clear: increased productivity, improved customer service, more flexible systems, employee empowerment. But is the vision clear? To effectively implement teams, leaders need a clear picture of the seven elements high-performance teams have in common. (Added: 20-Apr-2001 Hits: 1621 )
  • Cog's Ladder - Team Management By na
    Imagine this scenario: You've just been put in charge of an important project, and its success hinges on your ability to co-ordinate the efforts of a large and talented group. But, at the start, people are only interacting tentatively, and don't seem focused on the job in hand. Fast forward a little, and certain personalities are beginning to clash. Will the team ever reach a stage where everyone is working together effectively enough to deliver the project? (Added: 18-Sep-2011 Hits: 1571 )
  • Forming, Storming, Norming and Performing By na
    Effective teamwork is essential in today's world, but as you'll know from the teams you have led or belonged to, you can't expect a new team to perform exceptionally from the very outset. Team formation takes time, and usually follows some easily recognizable stages, as the team journeys from being a group of strangers to becoming a united team with a common goal. Whether your team is a temporary working group or a newly-formed, permanent team, by understanding these stages you will be able to help it quickly become productive. (Added: 18-Sep-2011 Hits: 919 )
  • New NLRB Decision Supports Employee Involvement and Empowerment By NA
    Confused about the legitimate role of employee teams and committees in a non-union work setting? If so, you are not alone. Employers have been cautious for years. A new NLRB decision may shed some light. Truly empowered teams rock! Read more (Added: 23-Sep-2001 Hits: 1033 )
  • Secrets of Successful Teams - Success Tips By Chris Widener
    "Here are some principles that I know, when implemented on a regular basis, can turn any lackluster team into an outstanding one! These principles can be applied to your family, your business, your organization, and yes, your sports team. Enjoy." (Added: 21-Feb-2010 Hits: 819 )
  • Teaching Team Behaviors Earlier...Much Earlier By Peter Grazier
    Did you ever wonder why adults seem to struggle when assigned to a new workplace team of some kind? As organizations increase their use of teams, the "new"skills and behaviors required seem to challenge everyone. (Added: 20-Apr-2001 Hits: 1166 )
  • Team building. Changing informal work group/ team norms By NA
    A supervisor should attempt to encourage norms that positively affect the formal organization's goals, and to alter those that are negative. If this is accomplished, the informal group/ team will direct its energies toward desired goals. How can a supervisor bring about a positive change in a group / team's norms? (Added: 26-May-2002 Hits: 1907 )
  • Team Process : Easy Printing With Nice Diagram By NA
    In 1965, Bruce Tuckman developed a simple four-stage model of team development that has become an accepted part of thinking about how teams develop. In his article, "Developmental Sequence in Small Groups," Tuckman outlines four stages of team development: Forming, Storming, Norming, and Performing. A successful team knows which stage they are in, and manages transitions between the different stages adeptly. (Added: 16-Oct-2002 Hits: 1837 )

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