Leading teams under pressure

Human Resource Management International Digest

ISSN: 0967-0734

Article publication date: 18 July 2008




Ainley, K. (2008), "Leading teams under pressure", Human Resource Management International Digest, Vol. 16 No. 5. https://doi.org/10.1108/hrmid.2008.04416ead.006



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Leading teams under pressure

Article Type: From: Human Resource Management International Digest, Volume 16, Issue 5

Ainley K. Training Journal (UK), February 2008, Start page: 43, No. of pages: 5

Purpose – Considers the extent to which principles adapted from military practice can help develop leaders and teams capable of dealing with high-pressure business conditions. Design/methodology/approach – Recounts how the leader of a bomb disposal team in Bosnia recovered his team after a fatal accident and discusses how the Inspirational Development Group (IDG) designs training programmes which incorporate a military ethos. Notes a training programme run for Lloyds TSB Group Operations and explains IDG’s approach to leadership which incorporates: set the goal and ground rules; decide on the information required and how ideas will be selected; select the ideas to be pursued and who will implement them; decide on the action necessary; and review the outcome. Describes their year long leadership and “followership” training program. Notes how the Army’s Mission Command takes control of situations. Findings – Considers that a high-performing team can withstand high-pressure business situations. Originality/value – Parallels the commercial world with that of the military. ISSN: 1465-6523 Reference: 37AF935

Keywords: Leadership, Skills, Teams

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