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Defining Team Roles and Responsibilities

Session Format:

One 4-Hour Session


If teams do not notice the symptoms of unclear roles and responsibilities, members are often unsatisfied with the team’s results and the overall experience of teamwork. Clearly defining team members’ roles and responsibilities is a crucial step that is often overlooked when a team is formed. Sometimes teams will recognize the symptoms of unclear roles and revisit the subject in the middle to the project. This can disrupt a team’s synergy and cohesiveness, but it is a necessary step to finishing a high-quality project and reaping all the benefits of teamwork.


The participant will learn to: (1) recognize the difference between teams and groups 2) understand the need for balance between task behaviors and team behaviors, (3) establish team guidelines, (4) take steps towards clarifying your team’s position, and (5) define effective individual team roles.

Content Outline

  • Setting you up for success?
  • Defining team direction, mission and purpose
  • Establishing team guidelines
  • Defining team roles

Who Should Attend

This seminar is intended for management teams, team leaders, and supervisors.

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 Last Modified 9/25/14