Leadership and Teamwork Workshop

Learning aims

  • Development of teamwork skills
  • Development of leadership skills
  • Development of personal self-awareness and personal boundaries
    “What did you notice? How did you feel?”

Focussing on

  • Clarity of goal
    • Operational
    • Non-operational
  • Cooperation
    • What worked (behaviour)
    • What didn’t work (behaviour)
    • Giving effective feedback (theory and practice of this in a previous half day release session)
  • Controversy versus creativity

Triangles of outcome


Group work options (from Group Skills – Johnson and Johnson)

  • Components in an effective group
  • Social interdependence
  • Goal-related behaviour
  • Clarity of goals
  • Outcomes of cooperation
  • Cohesion
  • Trust

Some of the group discussion areas

  • Interaction
  • Communication
  • Facilitation
  • Peer influence
  • Utilising the resources of others
  • Divergent thinking
  • Emotional involvement in the task
  • Acceptance and support amongst group members
  • Trust
  • Conflict management
  • Division of labour
  • Fear of failure

Typical structure

2 days, residential, meals, equipment and bedding provided

  • Session 1 : leadership and teamwork theory and group work
  • Session 2 : outside – games – particularly exploring leadership, with the group process, discussed as it happens using “process stops”.
  • Session 3 : Raft-building, particularly exploring teamwork, with the group process discussed as it happens.
  • Session 4 : Ghyll scrambling, particularly exploring boundaries and personal self-awareness, with the group process discussed as it happens.

Some of the feedback from the courses

What positive elements did you recognise?

  • Courage
  • Encouragement
  • Listening
  • Teamwork
  • Role recognition
  • Delegation
  • Praise
  • Adaptation
  • Improvement in skills
  • Improvement in behaviour
  • Decision making
  • Coordinating
  • Commitment
  • Persistence
  • Support
  • Patience
  • Participation
  • Assertiveness
  • Achievement
  • Problem solving
  • Improvising
  • Trust
  • Enjoyment

What did the group learn about teamwork and leadership?

  • Tasks made easier with teamwork (some probably not possible to solve without)
  • Some “quiet” people manage to express themselves
  • Getting stuck in sometimes best to do
  • We work well as a group
  • An individual’s role can change depending on the dynamics of the other team members
  • To sit back and watch required trust in the other team members
  • To get a task completed, teamwork is necessary, and everyone’s views and ideas will need to be taken into account
  • Work is easier with good teamwork
  • Seeing different attributes – people in “another light”
  • Different environments break down misconceptions
  • Different strengths under different stresses
  • Personalities “magnified”
  • Needing both leaders and team players
    • Everyone sometimes being both
    • Everyone in each role at some time
    • Everyone has the skills for both
  • Leadership
    • Ideas
    • Listening
    • Management of group

What did the group members learn about themselves?

  • Determination to achieve
  • Experimenting with roles
  • Energising
  • Relaxing – time to think
  • Getting to know people
  • Looking at leadership in more detail
  • Process of teamwork
  • Less clarity – thinking about things
  • More clarity
  • Assertiveness vs confrontation
  • Trust
  • Risk taking
  • Encouragement
  • Conflict and contrast between team
  • Effect of leaders on group
  • Confirmed some behaviours
  • Maybe not always an introvert?!?
  • Enjoyed challenge of leading
  • Appreciate “the outdoors”
  • Confirmed lack of confidence in some areas
  • Altered what is important to me
  • More happy to sit back and watch than I thought
    • I agree with this
  • …(although also more easily frustrated)
  • Find it difficult to think about tasks that don’t interest me
  • Realised that I tried tact bossy
  • Learned to listen to others before expressing my views
  • Learned to work in a team
  • Enjoyed outdoor activities
  • Not willing to take risks


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