In modern organizations, team leadership is a growing concern. While most organizations work along team lines, team leadership is difficult to train for, and hard to recruit. Business school have reshaped their programs to adapt to the need for more team-based soft skills, but the process is still not completed.
A recent article by Narda R. Quigley (The Academy of Management Learning & Education, vol, 12, n. 4, 2013) provides hints as to what can be done to successfully educate for team-leadership. According to his empirical research, companies and business schools should:
1. Look for individual characteristics which may prove hard to train for. Individuals with higher levels of extroversion and cognitive ability exhibited higher leadership efficacy, while individuals high in emotional stability and agreeableness manifested greater leaps forward in their efficacy after training.
2. Design a formal policy to provide positive and meaningful feedback to individuals in team leadership roles, because it increases team leadership efficacy
3. Ensure that team dedicate enough quality time to organize themselves earlier on in the process, because it has an impact.