This paper will address how a newly formed group can become a high performance team through investigation of the nature of teams and team building skills. This paper will also address the actions leaders can take to effect changes of a new group so that they may become high performing.
A team is defined as a number of people organized to function cooperatively as a group (MSN Encarta). Teams in an organization must feel pressure to achieve and accomplish what is set in front of them to be successful and perform well. Teams can outperform any other kind of work system, but they demand a constant input of energy to achieve their potential and sustain their edge. (Ziegenfus, 2000) Additionally, to turn a group of people unaccumstomed with one another into a team that performs efficiently and effectively takes leadership, identification of goals and objectives, vision, skills, and a system of recognition.
A true team may not have a leader, but every team needs leadership. This leadership can come from one or more individuals. These people have the vision of the team's final product, and the awareness of what it will take to get there. As a leader, you can take many actions to effect change. Anyone that has leadership inherently has power. Power is defined as the ability to get someone to do something you want done or the ability to make things happen in the way you want them to (Schermerhorn et al, 2005). Power in leadership means helping team members achieve what they set out to by not only setting strategic direction for your vision, but to convince team members of its importance. As a project progresses, one of the best ways to demonstrate its importance is to listen to feedback from workshops, etc.