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Leading groups just requires common sense … right?

Being an effective boss to Ethan or Sarah or Jamal is not the same as leading all three – or thirty-three – members of a team.

Researchers are scrambling to discover insight on how to effectively lead a team and the results prove such leadership is not common sense. The dynamics of a group are so different that a leader needs additional skill sets than that used to motivate an individual to succeed.

How to better lead teams and groups is the theme of The 2016 Leadership Research Colloquium from the Center for Leadership at Florida International University (FIU). Moderator Nathan Hiller, Ph.D., the Academic Director of The Center, will introduce and play host to faculty members from three universities, presenting the major findings from three research and applied projects that shed light on the topic of leading team.

  • Joo Hun Han, Ph.D.assistant professor of Human Resource Management at Rutgers, will present his research that won him the 2015 Alvah H. Chapman Jr. Outstanding Dissertation Award, given by the Center for Leadership in partnership with the Network of Leadership Scholars (NLS). Dr. Han will share his findings on how a group performs effectively including when a boss has favorites.
  • Mark Macgowan, Ph.D.who recently was the Fulbright-Scotland Visiting Professorship at the University of Edinburgh, will share the findings from his global perspectives research on evidence-based group work.
  • Raquel Asencio, a doctoral candidate at the Georgia Institute of Technology, will share qualitative research on NASA crews that reveals some “inconvenient truths” about teamwork that have implications for the leadership of the Mars crew and teams on Earth.

The 2016 Leadership Research Colloquium will be on April 6, 2016, from 2:00pm – 3:30pm (doors open at 1:30pm) at MARC Pavilion on the Modesto A. Maidique campus of FIU. It is open to the public but advance registration is requested.