Best Practices: Team Development, Student Leadership Development

Notes from Round Table Discussion
Mentor Workshop, Greensboro, NC Sep 2012

  • Older students teaching younger students – esp. outgoing students
  • Allow students to lead – provide opportunities
  • Provide training to student leaders – including nudging technique
  • Encourage involvement in all areas – lead in one and contribute in others
  • Off-season team development events
  • Train the student trainer – pair adult mentor with a student
  • Allow students to choose areas of expertise
  • Cross-training
  • Safety practices: train students in safety first; emphasize set procedures
  • Collaboration with other teams: brainstorming; skill building
  • Student elections
  • Knowledge-based leaders
  • Overall leader not the same as design/build lead
  • Any experienced student has some leadership responsibility
  • Showcasing what we do – hands-on events
  • Presenting to professional societies
  • Presenting to companies for mentors and money
  • Working together with other schools/teams
  • Training in preseason
  • Train the trainer mentality
  • Documentation
  • Pairing veterans (seniors) with new members (freshman and sophomores)
  • Nudgers
  • Team challenges – remix the group
  • Round tables
  • Empowerment and inclusion
  • Building robust flexibility
  • Look to experienced teams
  • Team mission statement
  • Recognize those who plan-execute-homework
  • Establishing effective leader and grow them
  • Intentional team building using learning styles