Society tends to idolize the individual – from the star try scorer to the charismatic leaders of the modern business arena. But humanity’s greatest achievements – the Egyptian pyramids and Great Wall of China, the invention of modern medicine, the exploration of the outer reaches of the universe – are all the result of collective effort.
In business, high-performing teams can achieve superior results. Yet, even teams composed of talented individuals rarely perform to their full potential. The main reason that teams rarely perform to maximum capacity is due to a misunderstanding of how teams work and a failure to address an individual’s psychological role.
By examining the origins of teams and challenging typical models of team function, we can understand why these talented teams fail, and how managers can ensure their teams perform at the highest level.