In the performing phase the group puts all its energy into achieving its goals. The group should be capable of achieving more than the sum of the individuals in it. The leader will mainly be involved as a peer and resource person and only occasionally as someone with a significantly different role to other members. It is useful to attend to the balance between individual, group and task needs (see Chapter 45) and to encourage the resources of the group. A well-functioning group should spend the majority of its time in this phase, provided that the group stays together for at least several days. It is rare for a group to reach the performing stage in a weekend.

It is sometimes necessary for groups to regress, particularly when a new member joins the group or the role of the group changes.