2.2 How to lead your team through team formation

Tuckman's Model Of Team Formation

Forming into Storming

Establish clear objectives for your team at the forming stage. Maybe, create a team charter and help teammates set personal goals so that they can see how their individual work will fit with and support the bigger picture.

The forming stage is also about people getting to know one another, so, as the Leader you should be building opportunities for people to get to know each other. Even if they are working remotely.


Storming can make or break a team! It is essential that you establish processes to track progress and success of tasks. Do not leave conflict unchecked, remember, that a little friction can be a good thing!

It may reveal inefficiencies for the group or fix together, and ultimately, lead to innovation. You may have to help quieter team members have their say meetings. Ensure you are asking for everyone’s point of view.

Norming into PERFORMING

Get your team to bond further with face-to-face or virtual team building exercises. These social connections are especially important right now, as more and more of us are working remotely. So, keep these social interactions up through the norming period and beyond.

Use your regular one-to-ones to encourage individuals to step back, review their goals and take responsibility for them.


When the team has settled into the performing stage you can focus on other goals and new areas to benefit the business. Free up more of your time and boost team engagement by delegating tasks and projects.

You should also ensure that you make time for the group’s personal development. Discuss with your team what opportunities and resources are available to them.

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