Week 6 - Lecture

Week 6 - Lecture - Group Behavior and Teams Failed Leaders...

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Group Behavior and Teams Failed Leaders and Teams Teams Failed Leaders and Teams The best way to be a lousy manager or a lousy team: We have spent quite a bit of time looking at successful leaders and their traits. We have also examined successful teams and the characteristics that make them great. You will note some common themes among both, such as innovation, service, and drive and ambition. Similarly, unsuccessful teams and leaders share some common features. Interestingly, most people would say they have worked for more lousy managers than successful leaders. Also, failed teams seem to be more common than successful ones. Why do you think that is? If we are always learning to be successful, perhaps some of life's greatest lessons will come from observing how NOT to be successful. Failed leaders and failed teams share these qualities: 1. Selfishness. They often put their own needs ahead of the team or their coworkers. Perhaps this trait stems from a lack of self-esteem or direction, but regardless of the root cause, it is not productive. Instead of accepting responsibility, they project blame everywhere, whether upper management, team members, unclear leadership, or anyone they can pass the buck to. No matter the outcome, the selfish leader or selfish team will always be quick to deflect blame. Conversely, the selfish leader or team will be quick to bask in praise, even if they had nothing to do with the victory. Many subordinates have been forced to silence when their bosses took credit for their work. Although there have been brave souls in recent years who have spoken
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up, the majority of people in this situation either choose to or are coerced to keep silent. 2. They avoid confronting and dealing with problems or issues.
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This note was uploaded on 01/23/2011 for the course PSYC 305 taught by Professor Kristeenpeiffer during the Spring '10 term at DeVry Arlington.

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