The LaFasto and Larson Model

“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 effective team.

Initially called the “Five Dynamics of Team Work and Collaboration”, they narrowed it down to five elements:

  1. Team member: What kind of skills and characteristics do they possess? Are they the right fit for the role?
  2. Team relationships: When you select someone with a great attitude, then forming good working relationships won’t be so difficult.
  3. Team problem solving: When there are good working relationships within the team, it can assist in making group decisions easier and reduce conflict.
  4. Team leadership: Having a leader that encourages and engages their team is crucial to their success.

Organization environment: The likelihood of commitment from a team is increased when there are the right methods and company culture in place.

LaFasto and Larson determined that although as individuals we may possess high talent, it’s futile unless we’re able to figure out how we can pool our talents together to work as a team. It’s as a team that we can solve the most significant problems.

Their research identified six dimensions that effective leaders do well:

  1. “Focus on the goal.”
  2. “Ensure a collaborative climate.”
  3. “Build confidence.”
  4. “Demonstrate sufficient technical know-how.”
  5. “Set priorities.”
  6. “Manage performance.”

Best suited for: People who want to learn about the dynamics of teamwork and collaboration.”

Excerpted from: “7 Popular Team Effectiveness Models and What they’re Best Suited For”

View the pdf document on the Five Dynamics of Team Work and Collaboration 

Suggested Reading:

LaFasto, Frank and Larson, Carl. When Teams Work Best. Sage Publications, 2001. ISBN-13: 978-0761923664, ISBN-10: 0761923667.

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