Leadership Development (LTDV) 570

Team Development

Delivery Mode: Online

Credits: 1

Prerequisites: None

Faculty: Faculty of Business

Program: Leadership and Management Development

Course Overview

Effective teams deliver amazing results, a fact that has been documented in many studies and business journals. In many organizations, this has led any joint work effort to be labeled as teamwork in hopes of reaping the rewards of high-performance teams. However, building a well-functioning team requires strong management and leadership skills tailored to the specific work environment, and this is less well understood. A solid understanding of the difference between teams and other work group arrangements, and of the tools and techniques for building the context to encourage strong teams, is essential in the management of teams.

In this course, we explore with students what a team is, how it can be structured, and what should be considered when building a team. Learners will develop an understanding of the management and leadership skills involved in effective team work, including team communication, co-operation and collaborative working and an ability to handle productivity, commitment and conflict issues. The course concludes with a reflective exercise examining the student’s current level of team leadership skill and considering how they can work to develop their own team leadership skills. This course will be useful for any manager, team lead, or project manager interested in developing the potential of a team.

Athabasca University reserves the right to amend course outlines occasionally and without notice. Courses offered by other delivery methods may vary from their individualized-study counterparts.