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Northouse – Leadership: Theory and Practice, Sixth Edition
Instructor Resources
Chapter 12 – Team Leadership
Assignments and Exercises
1. Trace the history of team leadership theory and research from the early 1900s to the mid1980s, and then through the 1990s.
2. Provide an overview of research of organizational effectiveness. What are some of the
processes being studied and what is their impact on teams?
3. Describe the difference between a team-centric and leader-centric approach to studying
leadership interactions.
4. Explain the advantages of distributed leadership, giving real-life examples.
5. Define/describe Hill’s team leadership model. What is a leader’s mental model? What
behaviors by leaders are most effective for teams and what responsibilities does the leader
have to meet team needs? Give a personal example that you observed or personally
performed in a group setting that provided to meet team members needs.
6. What are the 3 decisions a leader needs to make to determine whether or how to intervene
to improve team functioning? Discuss the elements necessary to determining monitoring
or taking action to help the team.
7. What are the 3 leadership actions described in Hill’s Model for team leadership? Define
describe each of these actions. How do they affect a team’s success? Have you
experienced any of these actions being taken in teams or work groups? Describe your
experience,
8. What are the 2 critical functions of team effectiveness? Define and then describe the
components (Hackman & Walton) and the characteristics (Larson & LaFasto) provided to
support group effectiveness. Give personal examples of 3-4 of these
components/characteristics in groups/teams you worked with.
9. What is principled leadership? What are the 4 sets of processes that influence team
effectiveness? Choose one of the 4 processes and give a detailed description of how this
process affected you in a team environment.
10. Complete Cases 12.1 & 12.2. Answer all questions.
11. How do virtual teams differ from face to face teams? How do the leadership needs of
virtual teams differ from face to face teams?
12. What types of environmental factors might indicate the need for a team intervention by
the leader?
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Northouse – Leadership: Theory and Practice, Sixth Edition
Instructor Resources
13. In what instances would the team leader negotiate with upper management according to
this model?
14. Rate a team you are a member of and have provided leadership using the team excellence
and collaborative team leader questionnaire. What were some of the strengths and
weaknesses of the team and its leadership? Were their necessary changes, problematic
norms, or issues that needed to be addressed? Overall, do/did you feel that your group was
successful reaching their goals? How/what would you suggest to improve effectiveness
based on the ideas, factors and principles reviewed in this chapter?
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