Team leadership theory is a recent theory of leadership that does not distinguish between the leader and other team members. The approaches consider that the contributions of each team member are essential to the success of the organization. This approach focuses on overall team effectiveness and team problems are diagnosed and action is taken to address the weakness. This approach provides for taking corrective measures when the leader deems it necessary.
Team development is an ongoing process as team composition may continue to change. New members can join and old members can leave the team. Team members go through several stages for team development and there has been a lot of research to identify these stages. In this article, we discuss common theories of team development.
All teams are dynamic by nature and they take time to come together, they form, develop and grow in stages, over a period of time. Teams go through five progressive stages: Forming, Storming, Norming, Performing and Adjourning. In this article, we want to walk you through these stages of team development and some strategies you can use to help the team grow and develop through each of these stages.