Working in Teams is an undergraduate textbook that prepares students to work in collaborative, interdependent environments. This class-tested text is written in an engaging style with illustrations and examples that are of interest to today's students. Interesting case studies at the beginning of each chapter draw readers in, provide accessible context for the material, and create a desire to know more. Also included with the book will be a 360° online team assessment tool that will help students to improve their team performance.
Team leadership is the practice of enlisting and overseeing others in the pursuit of shared goals. In contrast to management, leadership seeks to inspire others to the highest levels of individual, team, and organizational performance. Whereas managers focus on planning, organizing, and controlling, leadership involves vision, networking, and consensus-building (Kotter, 1998). While good leaders will possess good management skills, the converse is not always true. Leaders must be able to foster communication, cohesion, and commitment within their teams. After looking at a brief overview of management trends in organizations, we will survey the major theories of leadership, discuss the five practices of exemplary leaders, and describe how leaders can influence and persuade others. We conclude with specific strategies for conducting effective meetings.
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