4.4. Stages of team development

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In the share responsibility model departs from the traditional style of leadership in favour of a participatory style. What is most important in the work of a team leader is a conscious choice of the way of making decisions.

At each stage of the team’s development it is necessary to change the way of making decisions and presenting the decisions to the team members.

Stages of team development and leadership styles

These are the characteristics of leadership styles depending on the stage of team development:

Output team


  • Leader provides support in defining a common goal and approach to its achievement
  • Leader sets simple tasks
  • Leader actively participates in the work of the team – performs the same amount of work as the other team members
  • Leader inspires confidence and commitment
  • Leader encourages taking risks, learning and development
  • Leader underlines the importance of cooperation

Transaction team


  • Leader shows his commitment and positive attitude
  • Leader coordinates individual skills and activities
  • Leader acquires resources for the team
  • Leader maintains relations with the surroundings
  • Leader gives the team more responsible tasks
  • Leader solves the conflicts in an open manner

Experienced team


  • Leader confers with the employees and supports them in their work
  • Leader supports employees in their participating in the decision-making process,
  • Leader gives the confidence to the employee

Mature team


  • The leader, if necessary, provides support directly or from external resources
  • The leader strengthens mutual trust and commitment

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