Team Leadership: Creating a Context for High-Performing Teams

High-performing teams do not develop the five foundations—clear, engaging purpose; performance measures; skilled people with task and relationship skills; results-driven processes; and disciplined practice—without capable leadership. Effective leadership depends on instinct and improvisation as much as it depends on knowledge and careful planning. To be effective, team leaders must know when to intervene and when to stay out of the team's way, when to reward individuals and when to reward the team, and when to connect the team to external individuals and groups and when to protect the team from external influences. For team leaders, knowing what not to do is as important as knowing ...

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