Moving a Team from Good to Great: Six Stages of Team Development

When leading a team, it’s important to be clear on what stage your team is at.

Most of us have, over the years, been part of many teams. Some of our team experiences may be categorized as great, while others may be lackluster, and others somewhere in between. There are many types of teams at works. There are teams that form a department or sector of a company. There are teams of people who work together across departments in a company. There are teams where people come together from different companies and/or in different cities or countries work together. There are permanent and temporary teams.

When you oversee a team, how do you know what stage the team is at to further diagnose what the team needs to be a healthy, robust and high performing team?

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Sometimes when you come to an existing team as a leader, if a team has been together for a few years, they’ve established a particular construct, and may have some habits that no longer work for where the team is in their life cycle. As a new team lead, you may have to set some new parameters. This is likely a good time to apply the strategy of getting private consensus from key individuals who are influencers on the team, before approaching the team as a whole and getting a united public consensus on decisions or approaches you are looking to handle differently.

Think about…what is your Team’s Progress Plan? Identify which of the six stages your team is presently in. If they are in the first stage and you haven’t yet creating their “Team Commitment”, that would be the next logical step. If you are in any of the other stages, factor in the conclusions of your team commitment to determine: What are 1–3 actions that would help your team grow and move forward toward the next stage? How can you, as a team leader, facilitate that growth? What could you do as a team to move in that direction within the next 90 days?

If you are interested in digging deeper in what we talked about, the best next step is to fill out our Needs Assessment. I’ll be happy to connect with you. And remember…Better Leaders, Better People, Better Results.