How To Recognize the Different Phases of Team Growth

Each individual, no matter how great, how talented, or how special, will have a need to be part of a team to further himself. To this effect, the old adage ‘no man is an island’ is a great way to explain the importance of others, the importance of a team. The team rounds and grounds a person’s traits and character. Of course, that will work well if the team surrounding an individual is a good team.

A good team is not something you develop overnight, or something you get automatically. A good team takes good time to develop. The time, the effort, and the emotional investment in developing a team are all worth it since each individual benefits form a good group or team. To be a good team, you must know how to get there; here are some tips on how to recognize the different phases of team growth.

  • There’s no I in team, but there’s no team with no I. The beginning of team formation is with individuals bunching together or banding for a common goal. At first, members will try to learn what they are to the team. Here, team members know their roles and their task with simple interactions. This part also involves the team members to do some individual work at first since they are still feeling each other out. As the work and exposure increases, some ground rules and guidelines take form to help the team. It is also important that the team leader should establish authority. The team leader should be firm in the team direction and training.
  • Conflicts for a stronger team. Once the team enters the stage where the team members can now share their thoughts and opinions, it is a make or break period. With the exchange of ideas and opinions, it is a fact that not everyone will agree all the time. Power struggle will be very prevalent at this point. It is important to allow cooler heads to prevail. And the leader should be a stern advocate of the rules and guidelines to make sure no one goes out of bounds including him.
  • Getting the collective hang of it. At this point, the third canto of the group dynamics, the team has already developed character of some sorts. This also includes some work habits and values. And whatever challenges, difficulties and animosities that came out in the second phase should be settled by now. The team leader’s task now is to encourage his group mates to keep up the good job and continue growing positive team traits.
  • The team grows a life of its own. After going through rough sailings and then positive regrouping the team now grows even more. And the growth should be geared towards a positive direction. By this time, the team now has loyalty amongst its ranks. This is a very important intangible element that will keep the team glued for future challenges. Team members, at this point, should be comfortable in sharing and teaching other group mates. With these intra-systems developing, the leader takes on the role of a facilitator.
  • Every good story must come to an end. Sad is it is, this is the reality of every group that you will join and encounter. It will be highlighted by a celebration for the group victories. It is also a perfect time for the team leader to express gratitude for the cooperation and for the job well done.

After every time spent in a team, each individuals come out better for they have learned something new and experienced something new. Knowing these phases and stages of group development will help you in maximizing the benefits of joining a group.


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