First-Time Leaders of Small Groups: How to Create High Performing Committees, Task Forces, Clubs and Boards
April 2007, Jossey-Bass
- Questions and answers based on research on what works well, and what does not
- Diagnostics for determining your group’s strengths and weaknesses
- Leadership challenges—ideas for overcoming common difficulties
- Self-assessments to help build confidence as a group leader
- Examples of approaches for different group situations
- Models for understanding how groups work
- Activities for improving group functions
- Key research findings
- Easy-to-follow suggestions for practice
About the Authors.
PART ONE: PREPARING TO LEAD.
1. Identifying Types of Groups and Their Leadership Challenges.
2. Setting the Groundwork for a High-Performing Group.
3. Planning Your Group’s Development.
4. Determining Your Leadership Style.
PART TWO: TAKING THE LEAD.
5. Getting Off to the Right Start.
6. Working Smart.
7. Helping Your Group Learn to Get Better.
8. Assessing Your Group’s Progress and Achievements.
Appendix A: Quick Start Guide.
Appendix B: Negotiation and Conflict Resolution Strategies.
Appendix C:A Primer on Giving and Receiving Feedback .
Marilyn London is assistant dean for medical education at the State University of New York at Stony Brook.
—Edward R. Del Gaizo, director, learning & development, KPMG LLP
"The authors in this book have given a gift to people who lead
small groups and need immediate guidance about how to get the group
going and moving toward its goals. This gift is well organized in
understandable language with useful, on-the-mark, real-world
—Fred Niziol, International Association of Facilitators, Mid-Atlantic Facilitators Network, and contributing author to The IAF Handbook of Group Facilitation
"Leaders and members of groups, from the most to least
experienced, will find extraordinarily practical strategies and
tactics presented in well-sequenced and organized chapters."
—Edward M. Mone, vice president, organization development, Computer Associates
"First-Time Leaders of Small Groups should not just be on every
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periodic groups we now use to run organizations."
—Robert J. Lee, managing director, iCoachNewYork; adjunct professor, New School and Baruch College, CUNY; former president and CEO, Center for Creative Leadership; founder and former president, Lee Hecht Harrison
"The Londons have captured a wealth of knowledge and real-world
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—Kathy Free, facilitator, Social Security Administration
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—LeAnne Bennett, executive leadership and development, Merrill Lynch