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Address the steps a team leader must take to both create and maintain a high-functioning, self-managed team. As recent history has shown, tomorrow's challenges will certainly be very different from today's. Take the example of a real-life team that is high-functioning and self-managed. Describe the team, its purpose, and provide at least one instance that demonstrates that the team is high-functioning and self-managed. What steps can its leader take to motivate this team to take its performance level to consistently higher levels? How can the leader help the team realize its collective ability to succeed well beyond a typical team?

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Leadership in Managing Team
The success of a team is largely dependent on the ability of a leader in motivating members. Apple's Research & Development (R&D) department is one of the most suitable examples to demonstrate high-functioning and self-managed team. This R&D team consists of many professional engineers, designers and quality control experts. This team is currently working under the leadership of Tim Cook since 2011. The purpose of this team is to design user experience-centric and innovating applications in the field of Information Technology (IT). The R&D team of this organization is actively engaged to realize ultimate vision and mission (Müller, 2011). From the invention of Mac to iPod and from Apple TV to iPhone and iPad, R&D team of Apple is playing a vital role in managing and sustaining its global brand image.

Development of best product that they can visualize is also another purpose for which Apple's R&D team works in self managing and high functioning manner. The consistency in providing innovative products since establishment of Apple ...

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