Teamwork: A Primer


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The Emotional and Social Intelligence competency of Teamwork means having the ability to work with others toward a shared goal, participating actively, sharing responsibility and rewards, and contributing to the capability of the team as a whole. This competency leads to greater effectiveness, open communication, and outcomes that are not only successful but can also be innovative and unexpected in positive ways. Along the way, teams build spirit, positive relationships, and a sense of pride and identity.

Almost every leadership role in today’s workplace requires leaders who are skilled at working with teams, both as the team leader and as a team member - but doing so with emotional and social intelligence can be a challenge.

So how does one develop this competency? What does it look like in different contexts?

In Teamwork: A Primer, Daniel Goleman and colleagues introduce Emotional Intelligence and dive deep into the Teamwork competency. It’s both a quick read and a thorough overview. The authors illustrate the valuable skills needed to engage with - and within - collaborative teams in a range of settings.

This is the eleventh in a series of Primers that explores each of the 12 Emotional and Social Intelligence Leadership Competencies, with a thorough overview of the Competency Model itself.

Daniel Goleman, Richard Boyatzis, Vanessa Druskat, Matthew Lippincott, and Ann Flanagan Petry elaborate on the Teamwork competency: what it means, why it matters, what a variety of research studies have shown, and how to develop your capacity for teamwork in both personal and professional settings.

Here's some of what's included:

  • Overview of Emotional Intelligence
  • Overview of the Competency Model in Leadership
  • Introduction to Teamwork
  • Teamwork in Action
  • Teams and Emotionally Intelligent Leaders
  • A Systems Approach to Teamwork
  • Cultivating Teamwork for Leader Success

Whether you are an individual looking to elevate your personal performance, a coach or consultant in need of research-based resources, or a head of leadership development in your organization seeking a brief yet informative resource to share with your team, this Primer is for you.

Total length is 68 pages. Soft cover.

Additional primers in this series are:

Also available: Full Collection of 12 Emotional and Social Intelligence Leadership Competency Primers



About the Authors:

Daniel Goleman: internationally known psychologist and author of Emotional Intelligence, Social Intelligence, and Working with Emotional Intelligence, as well as a highly sought-after speaker on the topics of leadership, emotional intelligence, and mindfulness.

Richard Boyatzis: Professor in the Departments of Organizational Behavior, Psychology, and Cognitive Science at Case Western Reserve University and Human Resources at ESADE.

Vanessa Druskat, internationally recognized expert and consultant on group emotional intelligence and Associate Professor of Organizational Behavior and Management at the Peter T. Paul College of Business and Economics at the University of New Hampshire.

Matthew Lippincott specializes in complex business solution design and messaging for multinational organizations, with recently completed research in organizational leadership, emotional intelligence, and mindfulness.

Ann Flanagan Petry is a Positive Organizational Development Consultant, Coach, and Senior Director of Content Strategy and Wellbeing for the Coaching for Emotional and Social Intelligence Training Program.

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