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Team Leadership: 20 Proven Tools for Success by Glenn Parker

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DRIVEN

BY GOALS

One thing about teams is absolutely clear: effective teams have clear goals. And so it follows that it is the responsibility of the team leader to ensure that the team has a clear set of goals, and these drive everything the team does.

In one of the most extensive, long-term study of teams, the researchers concluded that “…high performance teams have both a clear understanding of the goal to be achieved and a belief that it embodies a worthwhile or important result, and when an ineffectively functioning team was identified and described the explanation for the team’s ineffectiveness involved the goal.”

Goals provide a number of significant benefits for a team:

1.   Goals reduce conflicts among team members. Differences are resolved ...

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