The five stages of group development are: forming, storming, norming,
performing and adjourning.
Forming is the first stage of group development. This stage involves
members getting to know each other, getting to know how the group operates,
and getting to know what is suitable behavior within the group. This is
generally a stage where people are wary of the new group, but also on good
behavior as most people desire to be accepted by the group.
The next stage of group development is storming, which is a stage
defined by conflict and disagreement. At this stage, people have often
stopped being in good behavior as a means of fitting in. Instead, people
begin to question the group. The actual sources of conflict vary for each
person, but can include disagreeing with their own role in the group,
disagreeing with the roles of others, feeling resentment at other group
This stage occursafter the conflicts of the previous stage have been managed. Norming is the next stage of group development. The group leader is needed to keepthe group focused on the task and to keep the group functioningeffectively. There are three roles that need to be filled at each group meeting. Group members may also take actions to protect the relationshipsthey have formed within the group. The final role thatneeds to be filled at each group meeting is known as the socioemotionalrole (Seamon Kenrick 171). ing with the purpose of the group, or developing conflictwith other group members about an aspect of their behavior. The next stage of group development is known as performing and isdefined as the stage of group development in which "members focus onproblem solving and accomplishing the team's assigned tasks" (Daft 603). If these three roles are filled at eachgroup meeting, the group should function effectively. This caninvolve actions like having some kind of event to signify the end of thegroup. The person or people taking on thesocioemotional role essentially provide support to other members, as wellas assisting with group coherence. The second is that of the team participator. This can include tasks such as making sure the group maintainsits direction and making sure that everyone in the group is allowed tocontribute. This is also a stage where group members generally work welltogether and where the group is normally focused on the task of the group,rather than focused on the conflicts of the group.