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Leading Teams: Tools and Techniques for Successful Team Leadership from the Sports World

Book Description

Important new insights on team leadership and motivation, along with powerful tools and techniques taken from the world of sports

How do the sports world's most successful coaches instill their teams with esprit de corps, a collaborative mindset, and an unbeatable desire to win? More importantly, what can business leaders and managers learn from their example? This book answers these and a host of key questions about what it takes to be a successful leader in business or in sports. Drawing upon their unique experiences working with top sports coaches, as well as some of the world's leading corporate executives, authors Dino Ruta and Paolo Guenzi offer important new insights into team leadership and motivation, as well as new tools for optimizing teamwork and inspiring teams to reach for and achieve new heights of glory.

  • Develops a bold new team leadership model for managers at all levels, team leaders, project managers and facilitators, as well as sport coaches

  • Arms you with powerful tools and techniques adapted from the world of sport for optimizing teamwork, driving motivating and instilling an unstoppable desire to win

  • An indispensable source of insight and ideas for executives and managers in companies of all sizes, and an important supplement for postgraduate management programs

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. Copyright
  3. Dedication
  4. Foreword
  5. Introduction
  6. Chapter 1: Why Sport and Management?
    1. Sport and the Firm: is a Meaningful Metaphor Possible?
    2. What Makes a Successful Coach? How Sports can Learn from Management
    3. Transferring Ideas, Methods, and Practices from Sports to Management: Some General Guidelines
    4. Our Research
    5. Notes
  7. Chapter 2: Management Models of Team Leadership
    1. The Evolution of the Concept of Leadership
    2. Determinants of Motivation
    3. Team Leadership
    4. Notes
  8. Chapter 3: A New Team Leadership Model
    1. Introduction
    2. Credibility and Team Performance
    3. Impact on the Individual: Motivation
    4. Impact on the Group: Team Spirit
    5. Impact on the Organization: Synchronization of Resources
    6. Impact on the Environment: Reputation
    7. The Situational Perspective
    8. Notes
  9. Chapter 4: The Team Leader as Manager
    1. Dealing with Complexity to Ensure Sustainability
    2. Setting Goals, Planning, and Executing the Season
    3. Negotiate Resources, Roles, and Autonomy with the Club and its Interlocutors
    4. Organizing Staff Activities
    5. Selecting Athletes and Enhancing their Value
    6. Managing Relationships with Stakeholders: the Media and the Fans
    7. The Stakeholders-Oriented Team Leader
    8. Notes
  10. Chapter 5: The Team Leader as Coach
    1. Team Coaching
    2. The Heart of Team Coaching: Managing Interdependencies and Promoting Social Support
    3. How to Manage Team Coaching: Leadership Style, Leader Focus, and Communication Processes
    4. The Motivational Toolkit for Sports Coaches
    5. How Team Motivation Processes Work
    6. Conclusion
    7. Notes
  11. Chapter 6: Team Leadership: A Word from the Coaches
    1. Carlo Ancelotti
    2. Don Casey
    3. Sasha Djordjevic
    4. John Kirwan
    5. Marcello Lippi
    6. Roberto Mancini
    7. Dan Peterson
    8. Simone Pianigiani
    9. Cesare Prandelli
    10. Arrigo Sacchi
    11. Emilio Sánchez
    12. Julio Velasco
    13. Gianluca Vialli
  12. Who’s Who of Sports Coaches
  13. Index