Senior Leadership Teams

Ruth Wageman | Debra A Nunes | James A Burruss | J. Richard Hackman

Wageman, R., Nunes, D. A., Burruss, J. A., & Hackman, J. R. (2008). Senior leadership teams: What it takes to make them great. Harvard Business Review Press.

An organisation's fate hinges on its CEO—right?

No, in today's world of neck-snapping change, demands on leaders in top roles are rapidly outdistancing the capabilities of any one person - no matter how talented.

Result? Chief executives are turning to their enterprise's senior leaders for help.

Yet many CEOs stumble when creating a leadership team. One major challenge is that senior executives often focus more on their individual roles than on the top team's shared work. Without the CEO's careful attention to setting the team up correctly, these high-powered managers often have difficulty pulling together to move their organisation forward. Sometimes they don't even agree about what constitutes the right path forward.

This book explains how to determine whether your organisation needs a senior leadership team. Then, drawing on a study of 100+ top teams from around the world, it explains how to create a clear and compelling purpose for your team, get the right people on it, provide structure and support, and sharpen team members' competencies - and your own.

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