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What It Takes to Make Them Great

In this concluding chapter, we distill and highlight those of our research findings that have the greatest implications for the actions of those who lead teams of leaders.

You May Not Need a Team

Teams at the top are something like audio amplifiers: whatever passes through comes out louder. Senior leadership teams that are well designed and well supported can achieve amazing synergy and agility—like Mozart in surround sound. The work of well-designed senior teams can surpass anything that can be achieved in a traditional organization where leaders’ separate contributions are coordinated and controlled by a chief executive. Senior teams that go bad—badly designed ones—on the other hand, generate head-splitting ...

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