Developing your team

Why developing your team matters

How well people work together, and how well their skills and abilities match the work needing to be done, makes a big difference to what a team can achieve. If you manage a team, you are accountable for its performance, so this also makes a difference to you.

What does developing your team mean?

There are two main parts to the topic of developing your team:

  1. How to develop the people in your team so they each contribute effectively to achieving the team’s current and future goals

  2. How to develop the ability of the team to work together, support one another and cover all the jobs that need doing

How can you learn more about how to develop your team?

OLI can help you learn to develop your team in these ways:

 Online coursesOnline resources from OLIFace-to-face programmes and coursesOther reading/resources 

New managers 

Managing people: key processes

Guide to Developing your team (292kb)

IMSO Introduction to Management Skills at Oxford

Mindtools’ Developing your team article

New to Oxford

Experienced junior managers

Managing people: key processes

Guide to Developing your team (292kb)

DMSO Developing Management Skills at Oxford

Mindtools’ Developing your team article

Lynda.com - Building your team

Experienced managers

Managing people: key processes

Guide to Developing your team (292kb)

DLMP Developing Leadership and Management Practice

PD consultancy and bespoke service

Mindtools’ Developing your team article

Lynda.com - Building your team

Senior managers

Managing people: key processes

Guide to Developing your team (292kb)

ALDP Academic Leadership Development Programme

HoD InductionHeads of Department/Faculty Board Chairs’ Induction

PD consultancy and bespoke service

Mindtools’ Developing your team article

Lynda.com - Building your team

Researchers

Managing people: key processes

Guide to Developing your team (292kb)

Managing research staff: an introduction for postdocs

Research group leadership: leading a productive research group

PD consultancy and bespoke service

Mindtools’ Developing your team article

Lynda.com - Building your team

What to do next

Choose the approach that best suits your needs, the time you have, and how quickly you need to understand something about developing your team. Try implementing some of the ideas you learn about and then re-evaluate your team to see what needs to be done next.