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Leading Teams

In their book, The Wisdom of Teams, Jon Katzenback and Douglas Smith define team as “a small number of people with complementary skills who are committed to a common purpose, performance goals, and approach for which they hold themselves mutually accountable.” In today’s world, whether teams are small or large, good teamwork is essential for businesses and organizations to be successful. A leader that can’t work well with a team will not be successful. Strong teams leverage the diverse perspectives, experience, skills, creativity and problem-solving approaches of their members synergistically to tackle challenges, produce results, and create a sense of satisfaction and achievement among their members as team members learn from each other and make progress toward their goals.

Team leaders are essential to set goals and objectives, provide guidance and direction, ensure that team members know and are fulfilling their roles, set the tone and pace for how the team will work together, monitor progress, resolve conflicts, ensure that team morale remains high and that team members are motivated to perform well, and that they have the necessary resources to do so. In addition, team leaders need to be aware of the stages of team development and how they can best support the team through these stages.

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The Lencioni Model

April 26th, 2021|Comments Off on The Lencioni Model

Patrick Lencioni’s book,“The Five Dysfunctions of a Team”, presents a team effectiveness model that is slightly different to the others. Instead of focusing on the elements your team should have, this one focuses on the [...]

The Hackman Model

April 26th, 2021|Comments Off on The Hackman Model

Richard Hackman put forth a new model in his 2002 book, “Leading Teams: Setting the Stage for Great Performances”. This model proposed that if you had the certain conditions, the probability of team effectiveness is [...]

The T7 Model of Team Effectiveness

April 26th, 2021|Comments Off on The T7 Model of Team Effectiveness

Michael Lombardo and Robert Eichinger developed the T7 Model in 1995 in hopes of better understanding the factors behind team effectiveness. What they came up with was five internal factors and two external factors—all beginning [...]

The LaFasto and Larson Model

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In their version of a team effectiveness model, Dr. Frank LaFasto and Carl Larson studied 6,00o team members and leaders across various industries and organizations in 2001 to come up with the elements of an [...]

The Katzenbach and Smith Model

April 26th, 2021|Comments Off on The Katzenbach and Smith Model

Jon Katzenbach and Douglas Smith developed this team effectiveness model in 1993 after studying various teams who were experiencing challenges in their work environments. They define a team as “a small group of people with [...]

Tuckman’s FSNP Model

April 26th, 2021|Comments Off on Tuckman’s FSNP Model

Bruce Tuckman introduced the Forming-Storming-Norming-Performing (FNSP) model in 1965. It is made up for four sequential stages in group development, from the first time the team meet to the completion of the project. In 1977, [...]


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