To complement our leadership development products, SIGMA has created a series of competency development guides, one for each leadership competency in SIGMA’s leadership competency framework. These competencies can be assessed and developed using SIGMA’s personality-based leadership assessment, the Leadership Skills Profile – Revised™ (LSP-R). We hope these guides will be a practical addition to your portfolio of leadership development tools.

Develop Your Team Building Skills

Facilitating Teamwork is the ability to promote teamwork, cooperation, and identification with the work group.

Did You Know? Aggregate data from SIGMA’s consulting engagements has revealed that “facilitating teamwork” is one of the top five skills organizations want in their leaders.

Development Activities

On the Job

If you lead a team in any capacity:

  • Practice giving feedback. Schedule regular meetings and create a structured form or set of guiding questions you can use to give consistent and timely feedback.
  • Practice setting goals, priorities, and roles with your team. If these things have not yet been established, do some planning, then hold a meeting to clarify each.
  • Pay attention to group dynamics and think of ways that you can actively build the team beyond simply holding them accountable to accomplish tasks.

If you do not lead a team:

  • Volunteer to lead a new team.
  • Shadow an effective team lead in your organization to see how they communicate, facilitate meetings, and build relationships.
  • Observe how teamwork is encouraged in the work that you do with others. What works well? What would you adapt or do differently.

Consider tasks or projects that you are involved in that could be done better with a group. Alternatively, consider group work that you are involved in that could be done better by individual contributors. Practice discerning when team structures or systems are slowing down progress, such as too many people, too frequent meetings, or not meeting frequently enough.


Meet regularly with a coach to plan on-the-job development activities and receive feedback and support.


Hold informational interviews with managers in your organization to learn what works for them and what advice they would give to others who want to build strong teams.

Group Training

Resources for Team Building

Leadership Series

SIGMA’s Leadership Series provides additional information about the importance of each competency, as well as practical tips and tricks for development. Download the Leadership Series for Facilitating Teamwork here: Great Leaders Build Great Teams.

Articles and Books



SIGMA Can Help

Since 1967, SIGMA consultants have helped thousands of organizations across North America develop their people potential and increase organizational effectiveness. Explore our assessments, coaching, and consulting services below, and contact us if you would like to speak about creating a custom plan for your organization. Develop your team building skills with SIGMA today.

LSP-R Free Trial

Take our flagship leadership assessment for free and see how you score on “Facilitating Teamwork.”

Talent Development

Use SIGMA’s scientifically validated, industry-tested tools to give your talent development a strong start.

Coaching with a
SIGMA Consultant

Participate in one-on-one coaching with SIGMA’s expert consultants.

Speak with a Consultant

Glen Harrison

If you would like to speak with a consultant about what facilitating teamwork looks like at your organization, contact us today. We are happy to share what we’ve learned from client experience and talk about the specific needs of your organization and your team. Give us a call! We’re always happy to chat.

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