This type of leadership [emergent] is not assigned by position; rather, it emerges over a period
through communication. Some of the positive communication behaviors that account for
successful leader emergence include being verbally involved, being informed, seeking others’
opinions, initiating new ideas, and being firm but not rigid. (p. 8)
Team members who engage with the other members early and often while offering ideas, asking for feedback, and emphasizing deadlines are poised to emerge as leaders. Northouse (2013) notes, “When others perceive an individual as the most influential member of a group . . . the person is exhibiting emergent leadership” (p. 8). He identifies personality as it relates to emergent leadership: “The individuals who were more dominant, more intelligent, and more confident about their own performance (general self-efficacy) were more likely to be identified as leaders by other members of their task group” (Northouse, 2013, p. 8).
- Motivating people
- Coordinating efforts
- Developing potential
(Nemiro, et al., 2008, p. 73)
Adjourning phase is certainly very relevant to the people in the group and their well-being, but
not to the main task of managing and developing a team, which is clearly central to the original
four stages. Adjourning is the break-up of the group, hopefully when the task is completed
successfully, its purpose fulfilled; everyone can move on to new things, feeling good about
what’s been achieved. From an organizational perspective, recognition of and sensitivity to
people’s vulnerabilities in Tuckman’s fifth stage is helpful, particularly if members of the group
have been closely bonded and feel a sense of insecurity threat from this change. (2005)
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