Teams That Lead: A Matter of Market Strategy, Leadership Skills, and Executive Strength strikes a balance between the current scholarly literature that exists in these fields and its impact on teams. The focus on leading executive teams makes this book unique. It provides three lenses with which to view team leadership and how those various lenses can assist in making teams more effective. The first focuses on paying close attention to the market strategy of the organization and how it should drive key decisions. The second focuses on the multiple roles of the designated leader of a team. The third focus shifts to executive teams and how to be a highly effective team player in the executive environment.
Each section is grounded in theoretical and empirical evidence. How this information can then be translated into useful knowledge for practitioners and researchers follows. To make it practical, however, the book provides examples, cases, measuring tools, and questions. This book will be of interest to students and professors in MBA programs, organizational behavior, public policy, and psychology courses. Practitioners, such as consultants, facilitators, trainers, and executive coaches will also be interested.
"The book presents its model and arguments in an interesting, systems-oriented fashion….[Kline] has a reputation of turning theory into concrete actions and of providing the reader with clear and accessible ideas. She did it again here….I liked reading the book because it challenged me."
Contents: Preface. Introduction: Defining Leading Teams. Part I: Market Environment. Organizational Strategy. Innovation-Focused Organizations. Process-Effective-Focused Organizations. Customer Service-Focused Organizations. Part II: Team Leadership Roles. Team Leadership Roles: An Overview. The Facilitator. The Manager. The Coach. Part III: Top-Team Actions. Executive Teams: An Overview. Ineffective Executive Teams. Effective Executive Teams. Executive Teams: Lessons Learned. Conclusions.