Leading Teams Effectively: Motivating and Prioritizing Work

  • Justin B. DimickEmail author
Part of the Success in Academic Surgery book series (SIAS)


Leading teams effectively has never been more important for surgeons. Providing multidisciplinary clinical care, building collaborative research efforts, and engaging front-line personnel to address quality problems all rely on top-notch team leadership. Learning to effectively motivate and prioritize the work of a team are among the most important team leadership mental models. In this chapter, we will discuss two models that each addresses an important aspect of leading teams. First, we will discuss how to effectively motivate and get the best from individuals on your team. Second, we will review a well-known framework for prioritizing work, but will reconsider it in the context of teamwork. For each mental model, we also describe a key pitfall that can short circuit the effectiveness of teams.


Team building Mental models Motivation Prioritizing Work 


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© Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2015

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Division of Minimally Invasive Surgery, Department of SurgeryUniversity of Michigan School of MedicineAnn ArborUSA
  2. 2.Center for Healthcare Outcomes & PolicyAnn ArborUSA

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