Leadership Teams


"A team is a group organized to work together to accomplish a set of objectives that cannot be achieved effectively by individuals."

A key to successful planning and implementation is the development of teams. The table below provides a description of three types of teams and their relative advantages and disadvantages:

Executive Model

  • Small teams of 3-8
  • All district managers
  • No constituent or stakeholder involvement

Advantages: quick, focused, consensus among leaders Disadvantages: isolated, no district-side ownership

District Model

  • Mid-size team of 15-20
  • Representatives from each key stakeholder group within the 'boundaries' of district staff
Advantages: key representatives are involved, sense of district-wide ownership
Disadvantages: representatives can take the narrow view, no community-side ownership

Community Model

  • Large team of 25-30
  • Mix of district staff and community leaders (50:50 preferred)
Advantages: key district community leaders involved, sense of community-wide ownership
Disadvantages: slow process, everyone needs to be heard, steep learning curve as citizens become knowledgeable about issues and practices

Characteristics of a Team

Ten characteristics of well-functioning teams:

Guidelines for effective team membership:

Characteristics of a high-performance team:

Who is Part of Your Team and What Does The Team Do?


In this Module:

Governance and Management Leadership and Teams Professional Development Leadership Responsibilities

In the Toolkit:

Toolkit Home Page Why Change? Why Technology?
Planning Policy Curriculum and Assessment
Community Involvement Facility Planning Funding
Prof'l and Ldrship Development