A Team of Leaders

Empowering Every Member to Take Ownership, Demonstrate Initiative, and Deliver Results

by Stewart Liff , Paul Gustavson

Number of pages: 226

Publisher: AMACOM

BBB Library: Leadership

ISBN: 978081443407

About the Authors

Stewart Liff : Stewart Liff is an American author and management consultant known for


Paul Gustavson : Paul Gustavson is a consultant, author, board member, advisor and speaker


Editorial Review

If you are a supervisor or a team leader, you know how difficult it is to run a unit or a team. You’ve the one job where everyone seems to give you a hard time; management demands improved performance, employees want you to solve their problems, other units need you to attend their issues…etc. In short, you feel that the weight of the world often rests on your shoulders and you have few, if any, people to turn to for support. Deep down, you’re probably saying to yourself: “There has got to be a better way!”  Most problems are caused by the way teams and their management systems and processes are designed. For example, if your team is designed to operate under a supervisor who is all-knowing and all-controlling, you’ll react accordingly. That is, you’ll probably over rely on your supervisor, be afraid to exercise independent judgment, not show much initiative, and be merely a follower. If little information is shared, you’ll not know what value you contribute or understand the effect of your actions, in which case the unintended consequences are going to be low productivity and down-stream errors. Meanwhile, the supervisor will have to frequently work to the point of exhaustion, since he’ll be trying to control the work of a group of compliant employees. The point here is that you get what you design for.

Book Reviews

"The authors’ Five-Stage Team Development Model shows how managers can meld employees with disparate skills into a self-managed team of leaders." - Dallas News

"A Team of Leaders: Empowering Every Member to Take Ownership, Demonstrate Initiative, and Deliver Results by Gustavson and Liffis so important." - Questia

"Tremendous! A Team of Leaders is a superb guide for all those who work in teams and who aspire to perform at the very highest levels. Simultaneously filled with deep insight and practical applications, this wonderful book delivers both the why and how in producing literal ‘teams of leaders’ at every level. Highly recommended!" - Stephen M. R. Covey, New York Times bestselling author of The Speed of Trust and coauthor of Smart Trust: The Defining Skill That Transforms Managers into Leaders

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Wisdom to Share

Turning everyone into a leader is a win-win situation for all concerned.

A roadmap will get the ball rolling and let the team know you are serious about going down the path.

Straight talk accompanied by mutual respect, transparency, and appropriate action will clearly result in increased trust within your team.

A self-managed team is a team of employees working on their own toward a common goal, and work under very little or no supervision.

Instead of being a traditional supervisor who manages people on a one-on-one basis, you would teach the team members how to handle these issues and be available to assist them as needed.

You have to create an environment where everyone is a leader.