Building Effective Teams


If you’re going to be an effective leader, you’ll also need to become an expert at building and maintaining effective teams. This program teaches managers, supervisors and other leaders the tools, techniques and ideas behind creating and maintaining highly effective teams in an interactive and thought-provoking training program.


  • To learn the importance of building effective teams

  • To learn and apply general techniques for improving team performance and effectiveness

  • To understand the qualities of effective teams

  • To create an action plan for improving your own team’s performance and effectiveness

Program Outline:

Great Teams and Their Qualities

In the beginning exercise of this program, we break the group into smaller teams. We ask each one to make a list of great teams, and the qualities that make them great teams. This exercise is followed by an in-depth discussion about the qualities of great teams and how, as leaders, we can help them perform at high levels.

Team Exercise: Building the Tower

In this section of the program, we divide the class into smaller groups of four or five people and assign them the task of building a tower. The team that builds the tallest tower in the allotted amount of time is the winning team. After the exercise is completed, we ask the winning team to debrief with the group about how they worked together as a team, what the roles were for each team member, and who took a leadership role. This debrief often ends up as a powerful discussion about team dynamics and roles.

Characteristics of Good Teambuilding

In this section of the program, we talk about the 11 key aspects of good teambuilding, and how they work from a leadership and management perspective. Following the overview of these characteristics, we then ask each person to carefully review where they stand on each of the skill sets; which ones are their strengths, and which ones need to be improved.

The 10 Leadership Skills for Building an Effective Team

In this module, we review the 10 key leadership skills that are necessary for building and maintaining an effective team. These skill sets include hiring well, managing expectations, instilling culture and vision, having effective meetings, handling conflict and much more. By the time this section is complete, managers and leaders have a very clear idea about the skills that are needed to lead and manage a team effectively.

Action Plan

At the end of the program, each participant is asked to create an individually customized action plan to show how they’re going to apply everything they’ve learned when they’re back at work.

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