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Chapter 7. Team Self-Leadership[1] or Wh... > Mental Aspects of Team Self-Leadersh...

Mental Aspects of Team Self-Leadership

An underlying assumption of the discussion of mental team self-leadership strategies is the emergence of a group pattern of thinking, which is more than the existence of a simple collection of separate individual minds. This notion of a “group mind” has been further asserted by various researchers.[4] For example, W. R. Bion asserted that a group's mindset exists beyond that of the individual group members in that the group's mindset connects group members by an unconscious implied agreement.[5]

Accordingly, the basic premise of mental team self-leadership, similar to self-leading individuals, is that teams can enhance their performance through the collective application of specific mental strategies which result in a team mode of thinking. These collective mental strategies include beliefs and assumptions, self-talk, and mental imagery. As with our representation of individual mental self-leadership, these components of collective mental strategies reciprocally interact to influence thought patterns (but in this case, the thought patterns of the team).


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