Leading a team through any task or project requires special skills, and an understanding of the team dynamic and politics. This introductory-level course for managers or anyone interested in leading teams, addresses the key issues surrounding leadership in a team environment.

Why is leadership important to team success? What is required of team leaders to lead their team effectively? This course considers how team leaders must account for the special and unique circumstances of working in a team, where responsibility, accountability, communication, and leadership are shared.

Learning Outcomes:

  • List and identify the key characteristics and types of teams
  • Recognize the benefits and challenges of empowered teams
  • Identify differences in the primary and secondary roles filled by empowered teams and team leaders
  • Recognize the key sources of motivation for empowered teams
  • Explain Tuckman’s model of team development
  • Recognize the key qualities and skills of a team leader
  • State the value of using the “checklist for team leaders”
  • Recognize and apply suggested approaches for managing conflict in teams
  • Discuss the different approaches needed for leading virtual teams

Kaomi Taylor Mitchell, MPA

A career nonprofit leader with a specialty in helping organizations identify and navigate through key growth and pivot points, Kaomi recently stepped down after 11 years as the Executive Director of the beloved Governor’s Institutes of Vermont. Prior to that she worked as a consultant and on the staff of a wide variety of businesses and nonprofits, including four years as Executive Director of a national health advocacy organization, and brought her diverse experience to the business departments of Champlain College and St. Michael’s College where she taught graduate and undergraduate students at as an adjunct professor for eight years.  Kaomi holds a Masters degree in Public Administration and Certificate in Adaptive Leadership from the Harvard Kennedy School and completed postgraduate work in public policy at Tufts University.