There are many leaders who have been through the process of handling a new team. But sometimes the team already exists and the leader is new. I have recently experienced this when I started leading an existing team. I’d like to share few insights on some challenges a new leader faces.
All teams go through similar stages of development, as outlined in Bruce Tuckman’s model for the stages of team formation. The most important thing for a new leader is to understand which stage his or her team is in. Once you get an idea of the team stage, then it gets much easier to start working with the team. Teams can be a mix of multiple stages as well. For example, in client facing operations the team acts in the performing stage. But back at office, you can clearly sense the storming stage. To get the team traveling on the journey together, a new leader should work toward moving the team through the stages of team formation.
Below are a few tips for new leaders:
These are only a few tips for new leaders, but there are many more! We would love to hear about your experiences in the comments below. What’s your best piece of advice for new leaders?