Leadership Program

Team

The Team domain is about identifying individual differences, appreciating diversity, and managing relationships to improve team performance.  Social awareness and relationship management are the other two domains of emotional intelligence (EI) and fall under this domain.  Beyond EI, there is a large body of literature that can help you optimize the interaction between leader and followers and among members of the team.  Engineers are often stereotyped as not being people-oriented team members, managers and leaders.  We want to end that stereotype.

Objective

Help you develop the tools to become leaders who think of developing your teams as much as designing and building your final products.

Outcomes

Students who complete the entire program will be able to:

  1. Describe the personality, behaviors, and values of others.
  2. Assess the level of psychological safety within their teams
  3. Optimize team member strengths and weaknesses to improve team performance.

Activities

Gathering
  • As a team, complete a personal assessment (examples include MBTI, DISC, Emergenetics, or Belbin Team Roles) and discuss the results with your team to understand each member’s preferences, type or preferred roles. Write two things that you learned from the conversation.
  • Discuss in your team personality differences and the potential for conflict and strategies to mitigate those challenges. Write a summary of the main knowledge gained from the conversation.  
  • Discuss Personal Values as a team as they may pertain to your project goals.  Which values do you share and which are unique to each person.  Create a list of personal values for the members of the team. 
  • Discuss the ethical questions that important to your team and provide answers to those questions.
Processing
  • Perform a team role gap/surplus analysis after the team members rank their preferred team roles from most important to least important.
  • Identify the potential areas for conflict on the team based upon personality results. Have each member of the team decide how they work to avoid the potential for conflict and record this plan.
  • Create a list of Team Values required to have a successful project and team working atmosphere.
Applying
  • Observe the team norms based upon personality, behaviors (team roles), and values and revise your list of team values, team role gap/surplus analysis, and personality conflict plan.  
  • Complete a project as a team. Observe the personality traits, communication preferences, and role strengths. Write a summary of the experience referencing individual contributions and team performance.

Supporting Theories or Approaches

Resonant Leadership, Relational Leadership, Authentic Leadership, Servant Leadership, Path-Goal, Transformational Leadership, Leader-Member Exchange (LMX)