`Aims to enhance management practice in education by presenting research findings and theory from a wide range of contributors' - Skills and Enterprise Update 'This is indeed a book which could be useful to a much larger readership than the normal closed circle of those working in education' - Managing Schools Today The book presents relevant research and theory in order to enhance management practice in education. The editors' intention is to articulate good practice on the basis of evidence in educational settings. The ideas presented here are derived from international research and practice and apply to all phases of education, with the emphasis on applying research findings t
Chapter 8: Leading and Managing Through Teams
Leading and Managing Through Teams
Introduction: The Rationale for Teams
Teamwork is widespread in schools and colleges in many countries. Teams are frequently advocated as an appropriate part of school and college structures. Katzenbach and Smith (1998) claim that teams are more effective than individuals:
Teams outperform individuals acting alone or in larger groupings, especially when performance requires multiple skills, judgements, and experiences. Most people recognize the capabilities of teams; most have the common sense to make teams work … real teams are deeply committed to their purpose, goals and approach. High-performance team members are also very committed to one another. (p.9)
Lashway (2003) links teamwork to the wider focus on shared or distributed leadership.
The task of transforming schools is too complex to expect ...