Leading Teams: Setting the Stage for Great Performances / Edition 1

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Overview


Richard Hackman, one of the world's leading experts on group and organizational behavior, argues that teams perform at their best when leaders create conditions that allow them to manage themselves effectively. Leading Teams is not about subscribing to a specific formula or leadership style, says Hackman. Rather, it is about applying a concise set of guiding principles to each unique group situation—and doing so in the leader's own idiosyncratic way. Based on extensive research and using compelling examples ranging from orchestras to airline cockpit crews, Leading Teams identifies five essential conditions—a stable team, a clear and engaging direction, an enabling team structure, a supportive organizational context, and the availability of competent coaching—that greatly enhance the likelihood of team success. The book offers a practical framework that leaders can use to muster personal skills and organizational resources to create and sustain the five key conditions and shows how those conditions can launch a team onto a trajectory of increasing effectiveness. Authoritative and astutely realistic, Leading Teams offers a new and provocative way of thinking about and leading work teams in any organizational setting.
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Hackman (social and organizational psychology, Harvard U.) identifies the factors of being a team leader that will enable a team to work together efficiently to achieve organizational goals. He suggests that five conditions are necessary: having a real team, a compelling direction, an enabling team structure, a supportive organizational context, and expert team coaching. He integrates insights from interviews with team leaders with concepts from the social sciences. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781578513338
  • Publisher: Harvard Business Review Press
  • Publication date: 7/28/2002
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 331,568
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Meet the Author


J. Richard Hackman is the Cahners-Rabb Professor of Social and Organizational Psychology at Harvard University.
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Table of Contents

Preface
Pt. I Teams
1 The Challenge 3
Pt. II Enabling Conditions
2 A Real Team 37
3 Compelling Direction 61
4 Enabling Structure 93
5 Supportive Context 133
6 Expert Coaching 165
Pt. III Opportunities
7 Imperatives for Leaders 199
8 Thinking Differently about Teams 233
Notes 257
Bibliography 283
Index 301
About the Author 311
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