What is a team?

In this chapter we will explore a number of aspects of teams and the various types of team you might need to lead. You will recognise the difference between a team and a group and understand why it is helpful for you to do so. I will explain the group dynamics process which occurs as any group or team is being set up and works together. You will be able to use this knowledge to adapt your style and approach according to which stage the team has reached to improve your effectiveness as their leader.

One of the biggest mistakes many managers and leaders make is to use the term ‘team’ when they are actually referring to a ‘group’. This is not just a semantic issue. There are some significant differences between the two and ...

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