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Overview Statement: Leaders know how to apply the principle of synergy where the combined effort is greater than the sum of individual actions. Leaders don't just focus on the individual's capacity but the team's capacity.

Connection to the JLBC Curriculum: Ties in with a central theme JLBC Learn to Lead, Team Leadership.

Estimated Time: 25-30 Minutes

Resources Required: Learn to Lead, JLBC Module Two; Whiteboard (or chalkboard, butcher paper or

easel pad).

Key Terms:

Synergy is "Working together of two or more people, organizations, or things, especially when the result is greater than the sum of their individual effects or capabilities." Encarta Dictionary

System – "A complex whole formed from related parts." Encarta Dictionary INTRODUCTION

Attention: Let's pretend that we're going to divide into two teams to play football. Everyone on your team is the quarterback. Why would this structure fail?

Motivation: Even though all of the quarterbacks are capable, the game's objectives require a team approach, with different individual skills supporting the whole team. When you look at leading a diverse group in this manner, you are systems thinking.

Overview: Today, we will discuss systems thinking and core team learning capabilities.

Your role in this discussion is to be an active participant. You are free to share your views. Please be involved and considerate of one another. My role will be to take notes on what you say, and I may occasionally ask a question or two. There are no right or wrong answers to the questions. I am simply interested in what you have to say.

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