Developing Team Leaders Series

Note: This series is capped at 16 participants.

Categories: Leadership and Organizational Development

Level: Intermediate

Type: A La Carte Series
To maximize the collaborative learning, please review your calendar before registering to ensure you can attend the workshops.

Certificate: Participants will receive a certificate of completion if they attend all four workshops.

Total Series Time: 12 Hours (four 3-hour workshops)

Make-Ups: No make-ups are scheduled for this series.

Pre-requisites: None

Target Audience: Individuals interested in learning how to lead effective teams through faciliative leadership.

Series Description: James Madison University often relies on the work of small teams. Anyone, not just supervisors, can be called upon to serve as a team leader. But, without the necessary skills, expertise and dedication of a good leader, the team can run into trouble. Miscommunication, unresolved conflict and a lack of direction can result in a team relying on one or two members, leaving others uninvolved and/or under-contributing.

This series will address the four specific areas of Fran Rees' L.E.A.D. model of team leadership:
L - Leading with a clear purpose
E - Empowering people to participate
A - Aiming for buy-in
D - Directing the process


Session One: Leading with a Clear Purpose, Course #TD1127
Monday, September 10, 2012, 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM, Wine-Price

Presented by: Judy Rannow

Workshop Description: To lead with a clear purpose simply means to use goals as a motivator for teams. For goals to motivate people, they must be challenging, positive, and realistic. The team must have its own goals that support the larger organization’s goals. Some ways the team leader can ensure that the team has clear purpose are to lead the team in defining its mission, stating and publishing its goals, tracking progress toward those goals, revising the goals as needed, and holding results-oriented team meetings that propel the team toward completing its goals.

Participants will:

  • Learn about leadership styles and when to use each style.
  • Learn about the controlling leader cycle.
  • Gain an understanding of what teams need.
  • Gain an understanding of team roles.
  • Learn about leadership values and practices.
  • Learn about using mission, vision and value statements to guide team actions.
  • Learn why it is important to establish team norms and how to establish them.
  • Learn to leading results-oriented meetings using results-oriented objectives.

  • Session Two: Empowering People to Participate, Course #TD1128
    Monday, September 17, 2012, 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM, Wine-Price

    Presented by: Judy Rannow

    Workshop Description: The word “empower” means to give power or authority, to authorize, to enable or permit. Even when the team members are motivated by the team’s goals, they become unmotivated if they cannot participate in important decisions regarding how the team achieves those goals, especially if they are expected to carry out those decisions. A facilitative team leader can facilitate team members to set the team’s goals, lay out plans to achieve those goals, make important decisions along the way, assign roles and responsibilities, solve problems, and evaluate the progress of the team.

    Participants will:

    • Learn the difference between a facilitator and a presenter.
    • Learn how to facilitate meetings with 100% participation.
    • Learn how to facilitate when you are not the one in charge.
    • Practice brainstorming then clarify, discuss and organize the ideas generated.
    • Practice asking effective questions.
    • Learn about and practice multi-level listening.
    • Practice giving feedback and mirroring.
    • Learn about and practice using group memory.

    Session Three: Aiming for Buy-In, Course #TD1129
    Monday, October 8, 2012, 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM, Wine-Price Note: This is a date change.

    Presented by: Judy Rannow

    Workshop Description: A key role of the team leader is to guide the team in the process on reaching general agreement on (consensus) and support of (buy-in) important decisions. Even when all members do not agree that a particular decision is the best way to go, the team leader can receive commitment from all members to support the decision 100%. Effective team leaders prefer their teams to reach consensus using a balanced and open process, since decisions reached in this manner generally receive a higher level of support than do decisions made without consensus.

    Participants will:

    • Learn about team synergy.
    • Learn the difference between consensus and buy-in.
    • Practice strategies and techniques for reaching consensus and buy-in.
    • Practice one-on-one buy-in.
    • Learn about a conflict resolution process that can be used for reaching consensus.

    Session Four: Directing the Process, Course #TD1130
    Monday, October 22, 2012, 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM, Wine-Price Note: This is a date change.

    Presented by: Judy Rannow

    Workshop Description: To successfully direct the process of teamwork requires experience in working with groups and knowledge about the group process. An effective team leader will use various techniques to make sure the team accomplishes its tasks and that people work together in a congenial and supportive way. A facilitative team leader will let team members decide much about the content of their work, but will give the team clear structure in the process of how the team works together. For example, a facilitative team leader will draw out team members’ ideas and let them make a decision on how the team will proceed on a particular project. At the same time, the ream leader will be firm about the structure (process) of the meeting during which that decision is made, ensuring that all members’ ideas are included and that an effective consensus method is used. To “direct the process” does not mean to order the team about in a directive manner; it means to guide the team by suggesting ways to structure its work so that team members, the team as a whole, and the organization benefit as much as possible.

    Participants will:

    • Gain an understanding of the stages of team development.
    • Learn about the team leader's role in team development.
    • Gain an understanding of the social and task team dimensions.
    • Learn about establishing processes to help the team organize and manage tasks.
    • Learn about the importance of and practice evaluating team health.
    • Learn about the importance of continuing to grow as a team leader.

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