Team Building and Leadership
Teams of participants are taken by qualified and sensitive facilitators through a series of tasks. They stumble, restart, succeed, celebrate… before reviewing the lessons learned from their successes and failures and moving on to the next task. They find out what it really means to plan, lead, listen, and coordinate. Above all they develop trust in each other, accept each others’ strengths, protect each other from their weaknesses, and share the load. The learning is dramatic and guaranteed, and the proof is there for them to see as they progress from task to task, becoming highly effective leaders in high performance teams. Organisations may have their people proceed through three levels of experiential learning, each reinforcing earlier lessons learned:
B. In-depth team development
Teambuilding: This is the base programme.
It will enable the team to:
- Develop trust, communication, teamwork, effective working procedures and styles (including openness, time management, leadership, creativity and problem solving), and interpersonal understanding and relationships (including emotional intelligence and win-win attitudes).
- Live by the organisation’s healthy values, in support of its vision
On the individual level, each participant will further develop their self-esteem and self-confidence.
In-depth team development
This programme looks at individual areas the team should focus on, including:
- Discovery analysis, and the ‘so what?’ using SWOT and SOAR models
- Identifying team roles
- Conflict management: how to transform negative energy into positive energy, so it can be beneficial to the organization
- Becoming a high performance team: participants are helped to identify the characteristics of a high performance team and how they can become one… which they do
- Team evaluation
This programme involves the participants going through sessions to further develop their leadership, creative thinking and problem solving skills. It assumes that each member of a group needs to and can display leadership qualities, and it provides an excellent opportunity for spotting hitherto unidentified leadership potential.
It examines not only different styles of leadership that are appropriate in given situations, but also the different components of leadership (such as coordination, generating ideas, carrying out research, quality control, giving support…). It will be seen that the common ‘Big Man’ view of leadership, where the leader assumes he or she has (and is assumed to have) the ideas, gives the instructions and implements many of them is usually not the best approach!
In this event, as in the others above, it is recommended that groups discuss the strategic issues that need airing and developing at that time. The outdoor activity helps them get into a frame of mind where they are more relaxed and confident, and hence more bold and innovative, more open to change and learning, and more likely to own and commit to ambitious plans and targets.
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