Bennis: Great Leaders and Teams

This is the second lesson about great teams from Warren Bennis’s book “organizing Genius”. The title is “Great Groups and Great Leaders Create Each Other”.

The idea of the lone wolf genius (the Lone Ranger) is debunked. Greatness does not come out of a single source. Instead, it comes from a medley between leaders and teams. Moreover, great leaders cannot conjure up great teams at will. The dynamic between leaders and teams is more complex and mysterious. A more accurate way of describing this dynamic is that great leaders and teams need each other and create each other.

This means that great leaders act decisively but never arbitrarily. Their decisions maintain the fabric of the group, where members feel autonomy to do great things within their roles.

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