Leading effective teams

Teams can provide wonderful opportunities for collaboration and innovation. But
sometimes, as a leader of a team, you encounter frustrations and roadblocks and
just want to pull your hair out! Overcome the hurdles that get in the way of your
team reaching its goals by leading your team to success with these strategies.
Learning Outcomes
How to focus your team on results
  • Tools to help you document the purpose of your team
  • Ways to clarify reporting procedures
  • How to identify the team’s boundaries and limits
  • Methods to match team resources to the task
  • Tips to measure the performance and productivity of the team
Methods to help you provide structure to your team
  • Tools to help you account for all tasks that need to be completed
  • Ground rules to help improve your team’s interactions and
  • Techniques to help you develop operating guidelines
  • Tips on how to be sure you are following your team’s plan toward Success
Smart techniques to help you build teamwork
  • How to encourage positive interactions
  • Examples of how to deal with disruptive influences
  • Tips to help you develop your own communication skills
  • Advice on how to support your team
Program Overview
Session 1: FOCUS on Results
  • Document the purpose.
  •  Confirm performance requirements.
  • Manage resources.
  •  Measure performance
Session 2: PROVIDE Structure
  • Document roles and responsibilities.
  •  Develop operating guidelines.
  •  Follow a plan
Session 3: BUILD Teamwork
  • Maintain relationships.
  • Develop communication skills.
  •  Support the team
Session 4: Review and Closing
Introductory Thought
Rudders are on boats for a very good reason. If you sail a boat into
rough and turbulent waters without a rudder, the boat will literally go
with the flow. The boat loses direction and rarely returns to its original
Leading an effective team is very much the same as navigating a boat.
As a team leader, you are the rudder that gently points the team in the
right direction, keeps it on course, and helps it to reach its destination.
Whether you are new to leading teams or you have experience, the
basics are relatively straightforward. As is the case of most creative
activities—and leading teams is highly creative—the concepts may seem
simple, but the application is often complex.
Before we begin, there are several basic assumptions that we need to identify.
  • The team is already in place and functioning.
  • Team leadership skills are applicable to both work group teams and
  • project/cross-functional teams.
  • The leader is a working member of the team.
  • The task is appropriate for a team effort.
  • Even if you do everything right, some things will go wrong
Teams have been popularized in organizations in the United States since
the 1980s, and the trend for team-based organizations is growing. When
teams are created and supported to encourage innovation and
effectiveness, organizations have many opportunities to improve their
effectiveness. Which of the following opportunities are important to you?
  • Meet and exceed the needs of customers.
  • Run more efficiently.
  • Reduce costs.
  • Improve the quality of products and services.
  • Realize the benefits of having employees that assume responsibility
    for the success of the organization