|The Secret of Great Groups|
|Topic||Managing Individuals and Teams|
|Key Words||groups, leadership|
Few great accomplishments are ever the work of a single individual. We stand a better chance of making breakthroughs when we combine the knowledge of people from a variety of backgrounds, disciplines and experiences. The difficult part is getting talented, self-absorbed, often arrogant, incredibly bright people to work together
Warren Bennis has studied group leadership from the perspective of groups such as the Manhattan Project, which invented the atomic bomb; the computer revolutionaries at Xerox's Palo Alto Research Center and Apply Computer; Lockheed Skunk Works, which pioneered the fast, efficient development of top-secret aircraft; and Walt Disney Studio animators. He found 10 principles that were common to all, as well as to their larger organizations.
These principles not only define the nature of Great Groups, but they redefine the roles and responsibilities of the leaders. Bennis felt that leaders shared four behavioral traits: they provide direction and meaning; they generate and sustain trust; they display a bias toward action, risk taking and curiosity; and they are purveyors of hope.
Great Groups remind us how much we can really accomplish working toward a shared purpose.
|Source||Warren Bennis, "The Secret of Great Groups," Leader to Leader Winter 1997.|
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