Fundamentals Of Project Management

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Unformatted text preview: to provide such structure may be rejected by the group, which will look for leadership from someone else. A directive style of leadership is called for in the forming stage. A directive style of leadership is called for when a team is in the forming stage. Previous Table of Contents Next www.erpvn.net Products | Contact Us | About Us | Privacy | Ad Info | Home Use of this site is subject to certain Terms & Conditions, Copyright © 1996-2000 EarthWeb Inc. All rights reserved. Reproduction whole or in part in any form or medium without express written permission of EarthWeb is prohibited. Read EarthWeb's privacy statement. www.erpvn.net Fundamentals of Project Management by James P. Lewis AMACOM Books ISBN: 0814478352 Pub Date: 01/01/95 Search Tips Search this book: Advanced Search Previous Table of Contents Next Title ----------- During the forming stage, members also want to get to know each other and want to understand the role each member will play in the team. The leader must therefore help team members get to know each other and to understand clearly the team’s goals, roles, and responsibilities. One error that may be made by very task-oriented leaders is to tell the team to “get to work,” without helping members get to know each other; such leaders tend to view purely “social” activities as a waste of time. It should be obvious, however, that it is hard to see yourself as a team when you don’t know some of the “players.” Getting the team started with a kick-off party or dinner is one way to let members get to know one another in a purely social way, with no pressure to perform actual task work. If this is not feasible, you must find some mechanism for letting people get to know one another. As the group continues to develop, it enters the storming stage. Here, people are beginning to have some anxiety. They start to question the group’s goal and wonder whether they are doing what they’re supposed to be doing. The leader must use influence or persuasion to assure them that they are indeed on track. Members need a lot of psychological support, as well. They must be assured by the leader that they are valued and that they are vital to the success of the team. In other words, some stroking is needed in this stage. A selling or influence style of leadership is appropriate at the storming stage. There is a tendency to try to skip this second stage, as we feel uncomfortable with the conflict that occurs. To sweep such conflict under the rug and pretend that it doesn’t exist is a mistake. The conflict must be managed so that it does not become destructive, but it must not be avoided. If it is, the group will keep coming back to this stage to try to resolve the conflict, and this will inhibit its progress. Better to pay now and get it over with. In the norming stage, the leader should adopt a participative style of leadership. As the team enters the norming stage, it becomes more close knit. Members begin to see themselves as...
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