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Tools for Team Leadership

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Tools for Team Leadership

Delivering the X-Factor in Team eXcellence

Davies-Black Publishing,

15 min read
10 take-aways
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What's inside?

How do you get to be a great team leader? Practice, practice, practice – and build your knowledge, skills and character.

Editorial Rating



  • Comprehensive
  • For Beginners


This is a solidly written, clear and comprehensive guide to leading teams. Author Gregory E. Huszczo touches on almost every subject a team leader needs to know – what skills are necessary, how you develop them, how you build teams, what you do when conflict erupts and so on. This book is an excellent introduction to team building for someone newly assigned to a team. It also offers important advice for executives of companies that are considering a team approach to management. The style is clear and straightforward, but quite academic. The author cites research and evidence to back his assertions, but he does not provide much in the way of entertainment. finds that those who like to swallow their management lore straight from the bottle will savor this book; those who prefer to mix it with anecdotes may wish to imbibe elsewhere.


Team Leaders

To lead a team, first help the team see itself clearly and help members understand how the team works. What is its structure? What and how is it doing? Teams can be led many ways. Indeed, the way you lead a team depends in large measure on the kind of people who are on the team. Utilize these six fundamental truths of leadership:

  1. There are no "natural" leaders - Leaders learn to lead by practicing leadership skills.
  2. Leaders come in many varieties - Some are extroverts, some introverts. Some are technically astute, others technically incompetent. The best leaders, though, are about as intelligent as the people they are leading. If they are much more intelligent they tend to lose patience; much less, they tend to have trouble keeping up.
  3. Leaders focus - The best leaders hone in on tasks and people. They set goals and make it clear that achieving the goals is important, but they also cultivate relationships, listen and coach.
  4. Leaders adapt - Good leaders fit their style to the circumstances. Sometimes it is important to give firm direction but sometimes it is important to step aside and...

About the Author

Gregory E. Huszczo is an award-winning teacher and researcher, an industrial/organizational psychologist, a consultant and trainer. He is also the author of Tools for Team Excellence.

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