Executive and Professional Development

Successful Team Leadership

Most workplaces operate within a team environment and depend on the strength and success of that team to achieve outcomes. This two-day course focuses on the workplace team and its value. As a foundation, it is important to examine the ways in which teams are created, developed and managed. Much can be learned from identifying the strengths of a fully functional team and the pitfalls of a dysfunctional one. Central to the success of any team is the ability of team members to communicate clearly with each other. This works best when established within the framework for the team and reinforced by team leadership. Once functioning, determining the impact of the team requires measurement and evaluation. Success is then determined by achieving the team outcomes. Throughout the seminar participants will take part in interactive exercises which will lead to a better understanding of how to create or re-design a strong and successful team.

Successful Team Leadership is a required seminar for the Certificate in Team Building and Group Dynamics.

DATES - 2 Day Seminar

November 25 - 26, 2019
April 29 - 30, 2020

Facilitator: Brenda Fair, BA, CPHR
Location: Saint Mary’s University at 1800 Argyle Street 8th Floor Halifax NS


Program Content

Defining Team

  • Team vs. Work Group
  • Basic Elements of Successful Teams
  • Stages of Team Formation
  • Formal and Informal Teams

Five Dysfunctions of Team

  • Pitfalls
  • Why Teams Fail and How to Prevent It
  • Case Studies

Blending Individual and Team Communication Styles

  • Utilizing Strengths
  • Motivating Various Styles
  • Managing Conflict and Solving Problems Successfully
  • Team Diversity

Establishing the Framework

  • Rules of Engagement
  • Team Mantra/Purpose
  • Vision
  • Strategy, Goals and Objectives

Establishing Roles Within the Team

  • Job Functions
  • Job Definitions
  • Authority Levels and Controls
  • Accountability
  • Decision Making

Team Leadership

  • The Role of the Leader
  • Team Turnover
  • Managing Conflict
  • Ensuring Accountability

Team Assessment

  • Tools for Evaluation
  • Personal Evaluation of Members
  • Evaluation of Leadership

Managing the Team Outcomes

  • Determining Team Success Criteria
  • Formulating Consensus and "Buy In"
  • Evaluating Success Criteria
  • Action Planning and Continuous Improvement

What You Will Learn

  • The essential mechanics of team development
  • How to create or re-design a team to improve its potential for success
  • How to align the management, supervisors, and team members in a common purpose
  • How to identify and avoid common pitfalls and barriers to team success
  • How to manage and measure the effectiveness of a team

Who Should Attend?

You will benefit from this seminar if you:

  • want to improve your own skills as a team member or a team leader
  • want to help your team members communicate more effectively with each other
  • are a supervisor, manager, team lead or team member in any organization