GM591 Leadership and Organizational Behavior
Instructor Barbara Ward, Faculty
November 08, 2010
Identify and summarize the stages of group development.
A team is a group of people brought together to use their complementary skills to achieve common purpose for which they are collectively accountable. Christine was elected team coordinator of her OB group. The group of five students was tasked to analyzing a seven page case and to come up with a written analysis. Also, the team has to share their findings of resolution with the rest of the class. Based on the case, the team seemed to be not functioning well in their informal meeting. There is really not enough information in the case about the formal team meetings. Based on the assignment due date, I would suggest that the team was in the limbo between - the storming and the performing stages. The stages group development is: forming, storming, norming and performing. These group development characteristics are not really set in stone so some steps may link directly to another depending on the assignment of the group. The reason that the stages are back and forth are because the work has already began. During the storming stage, the team gains confidence but there is a conflict and polarization around interpersonal issues. In the mist of this stage, this team is simultaneously in the performing stage; which is polite and avoids conflict. With one week to go left before the assignment is due, one member of the team (Mike) had internal/external conflict. If Christine had a better understand of the stages of group development, it would’ve assisted her leadership role with the team because she would know how to create a more balanced team. Teams can become unbalanced if all team members have similar styles of behavior or team roles. It seemed that four of the five members had a similar personality which is why one person was unintentionally...