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Title: Team Leadership: Using Self-directed Work Teams in the Courts
Journal: Justice System Journal  Volume:17  Issue:3  Dated:(1995)  Pages:339-355
Author(s): M Zaffarano
Date Published: 1995
Page Count: 17
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Language: English
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Annotation: Self-directed work teams (SDWTs) are examined as an alternative to the conventional, top-down organizational structure used by most courts, with emphasis on the nature and implementation of this new way of managing courts.
Abstract: Courts, governments, and corporations have adopted three distinct leadership philosophies during the last three decades: supervisory leadership, participative leadership, and team leadership. In team leadership, the supervisor acts as a facilitator as employees learn to function as a team. Self-directed work teams are a highly trained group of six to 18 employees, fully responsible for turning out a well- defined segment of finished work. Working in teams is a relatively new concept for the court, but any court office has an unlimited number of tasks and projects that teams can perform. Court leaders should examine the possibilities of creating SDWTs to increase employee productivity and improve employee satisfaction. Court leaders and managers can also benefit significantly from implementing SDWTs. Several courts have established team leadership practices; team leadership represents a positive, unifying, participative solution for effectively improving the court's total organizational performance. Charts and 30 references
Main Term(s): Court management
Index Term(s): Court administrators; Court reorganization; Leadership
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