Humans are social animals by nature. Because of this, individuals possess inherent social tendencies that are helpful when in a purely social setting, but hinder their ability to collaborate at work. It is critical for science to inform leadership and teamwork practices so that employees can develop an informed intuition around effective workplace behaviors. This is the large dilemma around which our research has centered. Specifically, we address two broad research questions and offer contributions to the fields of teamwork and leadership.
The first question pertains to development and change: How do leaders and teams develop and evolve so that they can perform more effectively? The second pertains to sharing power (and our innate tendency to centralize power): How do leaders and teams effectively share power and when does this contribute positively to desired outcomes?
To examine this, our work centers on the streams of effective teamwork and leadership practices, learning and development, and relationships demonstrating shared power and influence.
The Leadership and Collaboration (LAC) lab is directed by Dr. Christina N. Lacerenza at the University of Colorado Leeds School of Business.
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Ideas and decisions improve when we challenge one another.