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Team Leadership: Theories, Tools and Techniques
Publishing Date: October 2018
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Team Leadership will help team leaders and members to become more effective by helping them to understand teams better. This book brings together theories and research on team design, team functioning, managing teams, team growth and more! It also describes tools and techniques that can be used to raise the performance levels of teams and help them to be optimal.
Team Leadership is different from the many other books offering tools for teams, in that:
This is not a teambuilding book. The focus of this book is on how to help the team with its current operations, rather than on techniques that can be used and then need to be transferred back into the workplace.
This book falls in the overlap between research, practice and development. It gives insight into team behaviour from an academic point of view and especially what current science tells us on what works well to improve teams. But also links to practice in that aim to be practical and helpful in daily organisational life. In addition, it gives leaders an opportunity to learn and grow, and therefore also has a developmental focus.
It offers a smorgasbord of carefully selected theories, tools and techniques to be applied in many contexts and at various stages of a team’s development. Leaders should draw from this book whatever they find most helpful and add it to the arsenal of techniques, tools and frameworks they may apply already.
Team Leadership is one of the most comprehensive books available on team development, offering practical insights into:
Developmental Frameworks * Constituent Frameworks * Organisational Context * Team Assessments * Team Design * Individual Assessment Instruments * Team Roles * Team Tasks * Teamwork * Diverging Techniques * Converging Techniques * Conflict Management * Communication * Emergent States * Motivational States * Motivation Theory * Team Leadership * Tasks of Team Leaders * Coaching * Teambuilding * And more!
If you’re a team leader asking the question: “How do I make my team better?” Then Team Leadership is a handbook you can’t do without!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Prof Drikus Kriek is Director of the Leadership Development Centre (LDC) and Associate Professor in Human Resource Management and Leadership at the Wits Business School of the University of the Witwatersrand. He received his MA (Clin Psych) and MBA degrees cum laude from the Rand Afrikaans University and the University of Stellenbosch respectively. Prof Kriek received his Doctorate from the University of Pretoria and he is a graduate from Yale University in the United States. Drikus consults in the field of organisation development and had been involved in team development, management education projects and leadership development programmes for a variety of local and international organisations with projects in Namibia, Botswana, Australia, Ghana, the DRC and Eritrea. Most recently he was involved in teambuilding interventions with companies from Slovenia, Russia, Serbia and on the African continent in Mozambique and Namibia.