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Performing Stage of Group Development: Definition & Explanation

Instructor: Donna Swarthout
The performing stage is the fourth stage of Bruce Tuckman's five stages of group development. Learn about the definition and features of the performing stage, and take a quiz to test your knowledge.

Definition

Bruce Tuckman identified four stages of group development in 1965: forming, storming, norming, and performing. He added a fifth stage called adjourning in 1977. Tuckman suggested that groups move through these stages in sequential order and that the length of each stage varies from group to group. Once a group successfully addresses the key challenges in each stage, it is ready to move on to the next. This lesson covers the performing stage of group development, when groups reach their peak performance level. Be sure to read about the forming, storming, and norming stages before reading about this fourth stage in Tuckman's model.

The Performing Stage of Group Development

Perhaps you've been part of a group that played a vital role in helping an organization accomplish something important. Such accomplishments often occur during the performing stage of group development. A group or team that reaches the performing stage displays a level of competence, trust, and experience that is less apparent in the earlier stages of group development. The group is mature and able to solve problems with minimal supervision. Team leaders readily delegate tasks to the group. Strong relationships among team members facilitate a smooth flow of work and the members are willing to support and assist each other. All of these characteristics facilitate peak performance during the fourth stage of group development.

Groups achieve their highest level of success during the performing stage.
image of group success

A group that has reached the performing stage of group development is highly cohesive. This means the members are committed to work cooperatively to achieve the group's goals. The group routinely accepts delegated tasks and the members stay focused on fulfilling the group's mission. A cohesive group still has conflicts and disagreements, but it can resolve them with minimal disruption to the group's activities.

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