Part I: Group Development
There are several stages that need to be followed in a team development. In order to understand those stages, we need to identify and define them. According to the text book (Schermerhorn 2012, p.156) the five stages in a team development are forming, storming, norming, performing, and adjourning. The stage of forming is when a team comes together for the first time. Storming is when the team member personalities and views come afloat. The stage of norming is when the team starts working together as a coordinated group. Performing is when every member is completes their assigned tasks. The final stage of adjourning is when the team accomplish the task and the team dissolves.
When we analyze the case, it seems that Christine and the other members have gone through the forming and storming stages. Base on the case, I believe the group is at the norming stage. The members were trying to come together as a unit and coordinate the completion of the task. The only member that seems not to be cohesive and cooperative was Mike. As the deadline approached, Christine was experiencing great amount of pressure and anxiety however, she still showed concern and empathy towards Mike’s situation. If Christine had a basic understanding of the stages of group development, she would have intervene as a leader from the start. Once Christine was identify as the leader of the group, she needed to be clear, encouraging, supportive, and provide feedback throughout the entire process.
Part II: Problem Identification
The primary problem in this case is the lack of leadership skills of Christine. According to the text book a leader must keep clear goals and expectations; communicate effectively high standards and the behaviors expected from the members. Christine did not have a clear understanding of the incorporation of every member values, personalities, experiences, and needs into the group development process. Although Christine was empathetic to Mike’s...