The leader teaches the group to lead

Ask all team members to write down example responses to the following questions: How does the team observe and evaluate itself? How do members on the team encourage one another to provide reinforcing feedback? Then discuss the written responses jointly. 
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The leader teaches the group to lead

In some self-governing teams, paradoxically enough, it may be preferable to have a team leader to help the team in self-government. This can also function well during a transitional phase before organizing a completely self-governing team that makes its own decisions. But how do you lead a team that is supposed to lead itself? A 1987 study by psychology researchers Charles Manz and Henry Sims looked at different behaviors in leaders of self-governing teams. According to the study, the two most important behaviors for effective leadership were to encourage the team to observe and evaluate itself, and to encourage team members to provide reinforcing feedback to one another.