CHAPTER 3

BUILDING A TEAM

WHAT'S IT ALL ABOUT

  • Why teams matter
  • The power of collective effort
  • How to recruit the right people
  • Ways of transforming people into teams

It is often assumed that a team is only as good as its leader. That is not strictly true. A bad leader can certainly impose untold harm on a team of people, but a successful team or business is not successful purely because of its leader. Success requires a team effort, and the responsibility for creating, building and maintaining the team lies firmly with the leader.

The management writer Jim Collins talks about performance in business in terms of ‘getting the right people on the bus’. This is an analogy that frequently crops up in the discussion about leadership. The bus is the ...

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