Western Kentucky University

CWD: Courses: Team and Employee Development

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Developing Functional Roles in a Group

Session Format:

One 2-Hour Session


Members of an efficient and productive group must meet two kinds of needs – what it takes to do the job and what it takes to strengthen and maintain the group. Functional roles contribute to group success while dysfunctional roles and behaviors weaken the group and decrease efficiency.


The participant will learn: (1) the role functions needed at any given time, (2) the degree to which functional roles can help meet the group’s needs, and (3) to recognize and prevent dysfunctional roles and behaviors.

Content Outline

  • Tasks and maintenance roles
  • Role orientation
  • Functional role identification
  • Identifying and preventing dysfunctional roles

Who Should Attend

This seminar is intended for managers, supervisors, and members of teams.

 Last Modified 7/22/13