chapter  7
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Getting the Best out of Teams

Tapping into the power of effective teamwork unleashes performance gains that often cannot be matched by a collection of individuals working separately. When people feel they are part of a tightly knit team there is an esprit de corps that builds morale, raises performance and inhibits negative behaviours. People ‘pull together’ for the collective good during difficult times. They use their different skills to complement the weaknesses of others, resulting in an overall performance that is greater than the sum of the constituent parts. An important role for any team leader, therefore, is to create a sense of team spirit that will unleash these benefits.