Why Teams Fail

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Why Teams Fail Introduction In the case Why Teams Fail the startling statistic of just 13% of 179 teams evaluated by Mercer Management achieving high ratings underscores just how difficult it is to get teams to achieve their highest potential (Brickley, Smith, & Zimmerman, 2007). The book's authors correctly state that true leadership of teams is more attuned to the needs of individuals while creating a shared sense of accountability for results than it is about moving an entire team en masse to a given goal (Brickley, Smith, & Zimmerman, 2007). Teams fail for a multitude of reasons, and the most common ones are captured in this analysis. Why Teams Fail A Critical Analysis of Failed Leadership The central, resonating factor that causes teams to fail is a lack of trust in the motivations and actions of team members and a lack of transparency on the part of the leader (Hendrix, 1995). With no trust in team members and a leader, teamwork quickly disintegrates and teams fall apart. The role of the leader as a galvanizing force in the development of team dynamics must occur if a team is going to succeed. The critical success factors in creating this level of unified focus and effort within a team is to a large extent defined by a leader's unique skills sets and ability to create a culture of trust and focus on achievement. The second factor that leads to teams failing is the fact that many team members over time cease to see how their participation in it makes any
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