Using Power Dynamics to Build Better Teams

by | Jul 1, 2020 | Managing Teams, Lindy Greer

Does sharing power make a team leader weak? Which is better: a flat team structure, or one with many levels and hierarchies? It turns out, science tells us there are clear answers to these questions.

Lindy Greer, Sanger faculty director, was interviewed by SmartBrief about her research on power dynamics in teams. Read on to learn a few pointers about sharing power, being flexible with your authority, and how to structure teams to meet your goals.Continue Reading

“Flexible hierarchies are the most effective because the power structure can morph to meet the team’s day-to-day needs. You need a clearly defined leader, but that person needs to be flexible in sharing power among team members for specific tasks.”- Lindy Greer, Sanger Faculty Director, Associate Professor for Management and Organizations, and Michael R. and Mary Kay Hallman Fellow