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January 12, 2023

#06 Creating, Coaching and Leading World Class Teams

with Ruth Wageman
#06 Creating, Coaching and Leading World Class Teams

On this Episode of Unbound Conversations

Ruth Wageman is among the foremost scholars and practitioners studying and working with leadership teams. She focuses on the conditions that influence superb team performance.

The core of Ruth's research, teaching, and consulting for the last 30 years has been focused on the conditions that influence superb team performance. Ruth joins the show to share her story that catalysed her success as the worlds most foremost leader in team effectiveness. Ruth shares openly her experiences over decades working with teams and gives some guidance to team leaders about setting up the best conditions for your team to thrive in. In this episode, Ruth also shares advice for team coaches, and as humans how we can all have the courage to lead a different type of conversation with your team; whether that's family or work, it’s all the same.


About the Guest

Ruth Wageman
Ruth Wageman

Ruth Wageman has been a professor at Columbia, Dartmouth, and Harvard, where she has led many original research programs about the design and leadership of teams. Widely published in both academic literature and in the business press, Ruth wrote “Senior Leadership Teams: What it Takes to Make them Great,” (HBS Press) with Deb Nunes, Jim Burruss, and Richard Hackman, as well as many seminal articles published in Organization Science, Administrative Science Quarterly, Academy of Management Review and Journal of Organizational Behavior.


Ruth designed the Team Diagnostic Survey with Richard Hackman and Erin Lehman. It is a powerful, well-validated assessment that measures team effectiveness and how well the six conditions that drive effectiveness are established for a team; she also leads accreditation workshops and supervises coaches in using the instrument in their practice.

Show Notes

  • Ruth’s inspiring story about what catalysed her success as the worlds most foremost leader in team effectiveness
  • The 6 Conditions of Team Effectiveness, which includes the 3 essentials and 3 enablers that comprise the critical components for team success 
  • The importance of measuring the team effectiveness journey
  • What Ruth and Stephen have both learned from designing exceptional teams across all industries and disciplines, including sports, healthcare, business, music, and academia
  • The importance of a Team of Teams approach withing organisations
  • Purpose, understanding Team Flow state and the role of intrinsic motivation 
  • A conversation every team leader needs to facilitate with their team
  • The characteristics and skills of an ideal team coach, including organisational awareness, social intelligence, being a good observer, detaching from getting personally involved in the dynamics at play and leading teams with courage

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