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The Neuroscience of Leading Effective Teams

Harness collective intelligence, spark motivation, build unity

By Jay J. Van Bavel, Dominic J. Packer, Christine Payne, and David Rock

Humans have always worked together, but teams are becoming more and more ubiquitous as business is increasingly collaborative. This paper dispels myths about teams, such as, “A team made of all stars will be an all-star team”, and instructs leaders on how to compose and encourage productive, innovative, and profitable teams. These strategies include prioritizing diversity and fostering a sense of common social identity.

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