Leading a team of people requires other skills than those needed to lead an individual! In a team group dynamics, conformity and groupthink are common factors that can prevent the team from succeeding.

Group dynamics are powerful mechanisms that can promote excellence or create disasters. It is the job of the team-leader to work with these natural forces and channel the team’s efforts and energy towards the objectives of the team and the organization.

If the team is inspired to work together towards common purposes and objectives, a team can be very successful. On the other hand, if mismanaged, the group dynamics can also be very harmful to performance, safety and quality. The human factors at stake in the team are not to be underestimated. These make the difference in the outcomes on performance, safety and quality.

Daily tasks, such as meetings (teammeetings, toolbox talks etc.) and decision-making can be done in much more engaging and involving ways that can produce ownership and accountability if done the right way.