Having internalized project goals and protocols, participants begin to work collectively and assume stronger leadership roles.
Having internalized project goals and objectives, participants begin to experience themselves as a collective entity focused on problem solving. Working group members are able to adjust their behavior and participation style to comport with the protocols and agreements that the group adopted earlier (including those that have had to be modified along the way).
Reliance on the facilitator for direction begins to lessen in this stage and group members start to assume stronger leadership roles. The facilitator can now shift emphasis from directing the process to coaching emerging leaders to lead the process and manage subject matter teams.
By becoming better acquainted with the substantive issues in front of them, group members align with their primary areas of interest and begin to focus on assignments related to the project deliverables.
In order to effectively work together, participants need to build trust in each other and in the process, and get comfortable assuming leadership and responsibility for the tasks.