Storming Stage of Group Development: Definition & Explanation

Storming Stage of Group Development: Definition & Explanation
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Instructor: Donna Swarthout
The storming stage is the second stage of Bruce Tuckman's five stages of group development. In this lesson, you'll learn about the definition and features of the storming stage.

Tuckman's Group Development Model

Successful groups go through a series of developmental stages before they reach their peak potential. Bruce Tuckman suggested that five stages were necessary and inevitable in order for groups to effectively solve problems and deliver results. Tuckman's model is widely recognized and serves as the basis for numerous other group developmental models. The five stages of Tuckman's model are:

  1. Forming
  2. Storming
  3. Norming
  4. Performing
  5. Adjourning

This lesson covers the storming stage of Tuckman's model. Be sure you're familiar with the forming stage before learning about this second stage in Tuckman's group development model.

Storming Stage of Group Development

If you have ever worked in a group or team, you may have seen the members clash or compete with each other to have their ideas heard. It is common for group members to disagree over how to interpret the group's mission. Even when the group shares consensus about goals, the members may struggle with how best to accomplish those goals. Members may also compete over their roles and responsibilities. All of these situations are characteristic of the storming stage of group development.

During the storming stage, group members open up and are more willing to air their different views and opinions. Individual differences take on more significance than what the members have in common. As underlying conflicts come out in the open, group members must try to resolve these issues in a fair and open-minded manner. This will require patience and careful consideration of interpersonal dynamics. The storming stage makes a group stronger by testing its ability to address conflicts and disagreements within the group. The length of the storming stage will depend on a group's ability to meet these challenges.

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