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Part II: Cowboys and Cowgirls > Unity in Diversity

Chapter 9. Unity in Diversity

What does it take to be a leader? What kind of leadership leads to effective teamwork and successful problem solving? Back in the late 1970s, British management consultant R. Meredith Belbin (1976) was asked by the Administrative Staff College in England to find answers to just these questions through formal observations and experiments.

Using the best scientific knowledge and thinking of the day, he assembled experienced middle to senior managers into teams to take part in competitive activities that could be objectively rated. Beginning with an “A-Team” that brought together the best and the brightest, the truly outstanding performers, he assigned participants to various teams until there remained only an assortment of leftovers who did not seem to fit with any of the carefully defined high-performance teams. These last he threw together to form one last team, a motley crew of undistinguished misfits.


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