This preview shows page 1. Sign up to view the full content.
Unformatted text preview: complex; whether they operate in a complementary or antagonistic manner depends on: (1) the goals toward which the traits are directed, (2) the degree of emphasis on teamwork , and (3) the job of the individual within an organization. A person’s ability to work effectively in a team is not in consistent per se with personal strength, energy, and commitment. If exercised in a selfserving manner—for example, through pilfering or back stabbing—these traits can operate against the organization. Conversely, if directed toward the firm’s goals, these traits can motivate other team members, thereby advancing common goals. World War II generals Patton and Rommel understood this point and knew how to bring out the best individual qualities in their troops, while at the same time instilling a strong sense of team and common purpose. Nevertheless, overemphasizing teamwork can be counterproductive for an organization. A successful team requires both natural leaders and natural followers; otherwise, a team w...
View Full Document
- Spring '09