John was a member of a developer team that had worked smoothly together for nearly two years. Each person on the team had a specific set of programming and development skills.
There is a surprising amount of misinformation and assumptions out there about effective teamwork and creating and maintaining an effective team. Leaders who believe these myths can actually hamper team cohesion.
There are four main stages that most teams go through: from forming the team, to growing the team, to becoming a well-oiled machine. I like to call these stages of team development The Four Stages of Team Matriculation
For a workplace team, a strong foundation is incredibly important. Effective teamwork must include five interpersonal elements that mesh together to efficiently reach their goals.
Fostering trust is a key leadership development task for creating a winning culture within every team and a challenge that must be met.
Even among teams that have worked together for years, there’s room to build trust between team members and their leader. For teams that have recently undergone a fundamental change – such as absorbing new members from other teams, or resizing to a smaller team – re-forming and rebuilding trust are absolutely critical.