Professor Michael Meyer, the Vienna University of Economics and Business, facilitated the first course in Sarajevo on the 6th and 7th of October. The course focused on Leadership and Teams. Two members of MWL staff and two members of RENATE were amongst the seventeen course participants from different organisations in Albania, Austria, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia, Kosovo, Romania, Serbia and the UK.
In contemporary times, the popular understanding of leadership is that of leading in and with teams. The theories of leader as ‘lone wolf’ or ‘great person,’ are long outdated. The focus now is on social processes within teams. Leaders will continuously have to prove themselves within teams and be prepared for the dynamics of such teams.
Meanwhile, leadership behaviour and its impact on organisational success has a prominent position within theoretical and empirical management research. However, there is not only a considerable gap between ‘knowing and doing,’ but there is also a deep gap between academic logic and common sense. Both of these gaps should be bridged.
The main topics of this course were separated into four sessions:
Session 1: Team Work & Group Dynamics
- Attractiveness of Teams
- Constituent Elements of Groups
- Group performance and individual performance
Session 2: Problem Solving
- Decision Making
- Problem Solving
- The Logic of Successful Decisions
Session 3: Leadership Theories
- Consistency and Commitment
This short course was well organised, with role-play and very practical exercises.
Adapted by Anne Kelleher, RENATE Communications.