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iTeam: Putting the “I” Back into Team by William E. Perry

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3. Challenge 1: Selecting a Team Leader Who Will Lead

The title of the person in charge of a team can signal whether that team is, in effect, leaderless. Titles such as “chairperson” and “facilitator,” for example, promote the concept that a team can perform effectively regardless of whether or not it has a true leader. I’ve observed that teams headed by facilitators or chairs recognize that the person nominally in charge of them is not their supervisor and thus lacks supervisory responsibility for individual team members. However, lack of a proper title will not prevent a true leader within a team from leading.

If a team functions as a democracy, it is almost doomed to fail. Democracies are excellent institutions for protecting individuals’ ...

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