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Leading a High-Performance Team

Leading a High-Performance Team

Find our how to lead your team to success with this intensive summer programme for adult learners.

A one-week intensive summer course, residential in a college of the University of Oxford.

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Course Summary

Teamwork is vitally essential in delivering work and business objectives but many teams underperform, fail to deliver projects on time and on budget and waste huge amounts of resources.

In this changing world of new work methods and business realities such underperformance can seriously damage the chances of an organisation’s survival. Leaders and managers can also be guilty of not sufficiently leveraging the wealth of diversity present in their teams.

This course will demonstrate how teams that focus on high motivation and commitment can deliver better and more efficient results with the same resources.

The course will start by distinguishing between groups and teams and set out the types of team structure found in organisations such as project teams, remote and virtual teams and senior leadership and management teams. It will then critically discuss what makes for a high performing team with case examples that will then link to the underlying theoretical models associated with high performing teams and organisations such as Katzenbach’s team performance curve, Tuckman’s model of team development and Hersey and Blanchard’s Situational Leadership model, which introduces the notion of the ‘team leader as coach’. Following a critical exploration of effective team leadership, the programme will turn to the challenges and problems that leaders and managers at all organisational levels experience and students will make recommendations for how to successfully overcome these obstacles and, in particular, how to identify the major dysfunctions identified in Lencioni’s highly influential study.

The course will round off with detailed suggestions as to how to optimise team and organisational performance, particularly during times of crisis and in the light of the trend towards greater remote working and virtual organisations which is almost certainly set to continue.

Course Outcomes

By the end of the course students will understand:

  • What the essential ingredients are for a high performing team in both face to face and remote/virtual contexts
  • The power of leveraging the diverse talents inherent in any team to meet high performance objectives
  • How to use a comprehensive toolkit of well tested high performance team management and leadership techniques to obtain high levels of performance from any team

Course Outcomes

Monday Lecture 1: Team basics-definitions and types of teams
Seminar 1: Core elements of high performing teams – building a high performance culture
Tuesday Lecture 2: Models of high performing teams
Seminar 2: The team performance curve-moving from individual to team performance
Wednesday Lecture 3: The agile team leader and high performance team leadership- the team leader as coach
Seminar 3: Overcoming obstacles in teams
Thursday Lecture 4: The 5 dysfunctions of teams – how can these be addressed
Seminar 4: Teams and performance: maximising team performance and linking team performance to organisational performance
Friday Lecture 5: Leading remote, virtual and diverse teams – Tips and essentials for building high performance
Seminar 5: Presentations, course review and action planning


Assessment Methods


1 x Written Assignment (500-750 words)

1 x Group Presentation


Oxford College Accommodation

  • Location Oxford
  • Ages Ages: 12+, 13-15, 16-18, 19+
  • Bedroom Type Single and twin
  • Bathroom Type En-suite & Shared (single gender)
  • Year Built Founded in 1096 (University of Oxford)

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