JLBC CREATING EFFECTIVE TEAMS
Members will be giving reports about subgroup meetings and tasks that have been accomplished between meetings. They will be involved in decision-making and conflict resolution. Members also will be involved in the negotiation, scanning, buffering, and group image and profile management within the larger organization. In short, members will have assumed many of the functions performed solely by the leader at earlier stages of development.
The leader is freed up to act more as a consultant to and supporter of members. The tasks of leaders and members of Stage 3 groups are the same. By this time, the power differential between leaders and followers has been reduced, and participants operate in more egalitarian ways. All participants share equal responsibility for and commitment to the group. Their shared task is to consolidate gains in trust and cohesion and organize themselves to ensure group productivity. Leaders who support, compliment, and praise members’ efforts to share in the leadership function will increase the likelihood of group success.
Encourage the Group to Make Any Necessary Changes in the Group’s Structure to Facilitate Group Productivity
One of the primary tasks of a Stage 3 group is to assess how it functions and make any adjustments that will facilitate group productivity. Leaders encourage members to do this but do not do the work for the group. Instead, they provide ways for members to identify issues that may impede productivity and determine ways to remove those impediments. They also participate, along with members, in identifying barriers to group success and in planning strategies to overcome those impediments. The checklists in previous chapters could be used as one way to approach this task.
LEADERSHIP AT STAGE 4: PARTICIPATE AS AN EXPERT MEMBER OF YOUR TEAM
Leaders of Stage 4 teams can relax a little bit. Things should be going pretty smoothly. Members have taken on responsibilities and are actively pursuing group goal achievement. Leaders continue to act as consultants as needed. In general, however, they participate along with members in achieving objectives and team success.