Team Water Competition at the 2013 National Jamboree
In both Wood Badge and National Youth Leadership Training, we discuss stages of team development. These include forming, storming, norming and performing. Recognize which stage a team is in—whether it’s a patrol or some other group—and you will have a much better idea of how to lead that team. Also, you can be a far more effective member of the team when stop to think which stage they are in.
The Leading EDGE
Running parallel to these stages is the Leading EDGE: explain, demonstrate, guide and enable. Look at this table to see the parallel nature of both leadership models:
The team just starting out. You and others are eager to be part of the group, but you really don’t know how to work as a team.
At this stage, effective leaders will do lots of careful explaining to help their team understand exactly what is expected and how get it done.
Motivation in your team has probably dropped from when you first formed and sadly their ability to work together is still pretty low.
An effective leader will continue to make things clear by demonstrating to the team how to succeed.
Team members will likely exhibit growing
enthusiasm and motivation for doing something new. Their skills of working together to get things done is growing, too.
Team leaders find success with a guiding style of leadership—giving team members lots of freedom to act on their own, but being ready to coach and guide when a little help is needed.
Motivation in your team in now high. There is an eagerness to get new tasks done and group has found many good ways to work together.
The leader enables team members to make decisions on their own and to keep
moving ahead. A leader can help the team evaluate future progress by using Start, Stop, Continue evaluations.
Helping youth leaders understand both these models will give them greater leadership skills and a better understanding of why those they lead resist or help their team.
Looking back in history you will find examples of armies, nations, work groups and sports teams who all went through the stages on the left. Then consider the winning armies and nations, the performing work groups and best sports teams, when you do you fill find a leader that took the group through those stages by using EDGE (column on the right)