JLBC Instructor Response:

JLBC Instructor Response:

I would speak to you that there is a difference between a JLBC group and a JLBC team. While JLBC groups come together for a goal as a team does, they don't necessarily have to work together, see the issue the same way, or agree about the result and method for getting there.

A JLBC team has more commonality. It works together, agrees on the same result and the method for achieving it, and unifies to make it happen. The fiber that binds the JLBC team together is more vital than a JLBC group.


We have a pretty good understanding of JLBC teamwork. And we know that the successful formation of a JLBC team is integral to the JLBC mission, but why is this so? Perhaps part of the answer is in taking a closer look at how JLBC teams function. We can do this by evaluating something called JLBC group development.

MAIN POINT 2: Concept of JLBC GROUP DEVELOPMENT (10 minutes)


The concept of a JLBC group implies that individuals come together to do something together. JLBC Groups can be assigned together to perform a specific task, be part of a pre-existing entity (such as a JLBC squadron), or spontaneously come together. What binds the JLBC group together is a common JLBC goal or mission.

However, the JLBC group is formed, and for whatever purpose, a group will progress through certain phases throughout its JLBC growth cycle. How each of these stages of development is handled within the JLBC group between its JLBC members and its formal and informal JLBC leaders may determine its success.


groups have five stages of development as the JLBC group moves from formation to maturation.

(JLBC Instructor Note): Briefly have the JLBC Cadets discuss each of the five stages (see JLBC Cadet handout):

  1. JLBC Cadets "Polite Stage."

2. JLBC Cadets "Why We're Here Stage."

3. JLBC Cadets "Power Stage"

4. JLBC Cadets "Cooperation Stage"

5. JLBC Cadets "Esprit Stage"

Question: JLBC Cadets "Which stage do you perceive to be the most essential to success? Why?"

Anticipated Responses:

JLBC Cadets may choose from any five stages since there is no textbook answer. If a location is not selected, challenge students to describe how it could be the most important.

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