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In a Super-team, a high performance team, a single person is not the leader throughout the entire project. Leadership is assigned based on the experiences and education of the participants. Since participant knowledge varies, the participant with the most knowledge, the expert, has the role of leader for work within their specialized field.[1] Members of a super-team are selected for their expertise. These cross-functional groups with committed high level professionals benefit an organization as well as the team participants.[2] The team members experience continuous learning from each other throughout the team project. Lloyd and Feigen [3]warn that broad based behavioral changes are required of traditional managers in their new roles as team member/leaders. Behavioral changes will require them to learn new skills around the concept of their role as team member/leader, as opposed to the role of a manager as the "boss." People cannot be forced to contribute their best work [4] by sharing leadership, a sense of ownership of the project is gained by each team member. This sense of ownership gained through willing participation, provides motivation and commit to the project. A commitment that shifts responsibility for change to team members. Where there is no “boss” to rebel against resistance to change is reduced.[5]

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  1. ^ Sharp J.M., Hides M.T. and Bamber C. J. Continuous Organisational Learning through the development of High Performance Teams HPO Research Group, Business School, University of Salford, UK E-mail:
  2. ^ Harrington H. J. (1997). The Fallacy of Universal Best Practices. The TQM Magazine, vol:9, no:1, pp:61-75. (1997)
  3. ^ Lloyd B. and Feigen M. (1997). Real Change Leaders : The Key Challenge for Management Today Leadership and Organisation Development Journal, vol:18, no:1, pp:37-40.
  4. ^ Ciampa (1991). Total Quality - A User's Guide for Implementation. Addison-Wesley Publishing Co Inc. DeToro I. and McCabe T. (1997). How to Stay Flexible and Elude Fads. Quality Progress, March, vol:30,no:3, pp:55-60.
  5. ^ Zeffane R. (1996). Dynamics of Strategic Change : Critical Issues in Fostering Positive Organisational Change.

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