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Organizations are turning more and more to self-managed team structures to support the organization's mission and to improve productivity. However, self-managed teams present management and leadership challenges.

What factors determine team performance?

What leadership roles and processes are important for self-managed teams?

What can leaders do to improve team cohesiveness and team decision making?

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What factors determine team performance?

Many factors determine team performance. They are accomplishments, learning from each other, shared responsibility, and easy measurement of daily tasks, enthusiasm, focus, and reassurance. If there is a lack on any of these, then performance will decrease. For example, a person may not feel appreciated by others, and as a result backstabbing occurs; consequently, the leader will have to intervene to solve the problem. Another is when tasks are not divided evenly, and people argue that one person received more responsibility than the other. This can cause great tension, and prevent others from wanting to contribute to the team. However, the size of a team is important as well as their purpose and goals. These will help keep everyone on track, and ...

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This solution provided ways in which self-managed teams benefit an organization, leadership roles, and to maintain unity within an organizational setting.

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