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11 Books on Teamwork: Harness, Create & Build Powerful Team



Teamwork matters. Most of us realize the immediate impact of being on a strong, cohesive and harmonious team. But how do you A) establish a powerhouse team; B) develop successful teamwork skills and C) turn a troubled team around? We rounded up a list of books for all types of roles and circumstances — to help your team be remarkable and prosper.

Harvard Business Review on Building Better Teams, by the Harvard Business Review
This collection of HBR blogs is considered one of the best one-stop reads for great ideas and best practices on successful team building.

The 17 Indisputable Laws of Teamwork: Embrace Them and Empower Your Team, by John C. Maxwell
This leadership expert’s practical guide is filled with anecdotes that provide the necessary how-tos and attitudes to foster success in all groups, ranging from businesses and organizations, to families.

Leading the Team: Setting the Stage for Great Performances, by J. Richard Hackman
This book offers a provocative framework based on five essential conditions that greatly influence team success and effectiveness.

Virtual Team Success: A Practical Guide for Working and Leading from a Distance, by Richard Lepsinger and Darleen DeRosa
Based on one of the most comprehensive studies ever conducted on virtual teams, this book is filled with recommendations and information to help organizations and leaders enhance virtual team performance. Future challenges and issues — and their resolutions – are also included.

Team Geek: A Software Developer’s Guide to Working Well with Others, by Brian W. Fitzpatrick and Ben Collins-Sussman
This entertaining book provides information about the importance of honing soft skills while doing the technical work of developing software – and how to have successful collaborations.

Undaunted Courage: Meriwether Lewis, Thomas Jefferson, and the Opening of the American West, by Stephen Ambrose
A popular account of the best teamwork story in U.S. history. Thirty-three people with a mission, 8,000 miles of unknown territory, over two years to complete and just one fatality. Vision, purpose and a plan? Check. Iconic leaders and lay-down-life team members? You bet. Near-insurmountable challenges and constraints?  In spades. Hit their goals? Above and beyond. Changed the world forever? Profoundly.

The Wisdom of Teams: Creating the High-Performance Organization, by Jon R. Katzenbach and Douglas K. Smith
The authors talked with hundreds of people in more than thirty companies to get intel on how teams work best and how they can be more effective. This book showcases the most important element in team success; who excels at team leadership, why company change depends on teams, and more.

Tribal Leadership: Leveraging Natural Groups to Build a Thriving Organization, by Dave Logan, John King and Halee Fischer-Wright
This book looks at corporate tribes – groups of 20-150 people that come together on their own within a company, and how execs can use tribes to maximize productivity and profit. The premise here is that tribes have the greatest influence on determining how much work gets done, and the quality. Comes with a Tribal Leader’s Cheat Sheet to help assess success indicators.

Building Team Power: How to Unleash the Collaborative Genius of Teams for Increased Engagement, Productivity, and Results, by Thomas Kayser
This is a practical guide on how to leverage skills to facilitate teamwork and build collaborative partnerships. Includes a variety of business scenarios and problem-solving arenas.

Why Teams Don’t Work: What Went Wrong and How to Make it Right, by Harvey Robbins and Michael Finley
The premise here is that teams generally fail because they don’t think through the human implications of teaming. This book looks at what today’s teams are really like, and why they’re failing – and then serves as a handbook on how to use social and emotional intelligence skills to be aware of your own needs and peculiarities in order to bring out the best in others.

The Five Dysfunctions of a Team: A Leadership Fable, by Patrick Lencioni
Lencioni is known for his business books written as fictional stories. This corporate fable is an enthralling story of how a new leader takes the reins of an argumentative, underperforming team and turns the group around.

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