Although the ghost of the Great Man—the stereotypical all powerful, undisputed leader who controls an organisation and determines its success or failure—still haunts the leadership landscape, successful organisations of today need something more. A distributive, collective form of leadership, with leaders who know how to engage the right people at every level of the organisation, has become a paradigm for building sustainable organisations.
Leading High Performance Teams focuses on team roles, configurations and dynamics. It explores the recurring patterns of behaviour that influence an individual’s effectiveness within a team and the performance of the team as a whole.
Assessing the predominant behaviour patterns of teams—also known as archetypes—provides greater knowledge of the positive and negative aspects of individual leadership behaviour. Self-knowledge can be used by leaders to adjust to the demands made by followers, the industry and the external socio-economic environment. At the team level, this knowledge can be used to identify the leadership styles needed to ensure optimal team performance and to build a team constellation that is characteristic of high performance teams.