Much like individuals, teams experience stages of development. Teams mature from early formation through various phases into a developed organizationprovided certain positive actions are taken. Again like individuals, teams also can get stuck in an immature phase and can suffer a case of arrested growth and ineffectiveness. Team players have an important role to play in each stage. Effective team players can successfully move a team toward maturity with specific, positive actions.
Tuckman (1965) identified four stages of team development:
In the forming stage, team members test the waters to determine what type of behavior will be acceptable, the nature of the team's task, and how ...