Leading Team Alpha is a novel about a software business, Dandadata, that suddenly finds itself trailing its major competitor when they announce a new version of their product. Dean, a manager at Dandadata, has been working on NU technology with a small team of four people and must build his team and incorporate NU technology into the DandaData mainstream product to save the company.
Navigating treacherous market forces and political headwinds, Dean incorporates research-based leadership elements as he learns them from Dr. Solomon (Sol) König, a local university professor.
- A quick, entertaining story illustrating the fundamentals of leadership based on scientific research
- Demonstrations of how to have effective, difficult conversations with team members
- An excellent book for leadership programs and new manager training
The academic community has studied leadership for over half a century yet little has leaked out to the business community. Leading Team Alpha is a unique book, presenting the scientifically determined fundamentals of leadership in a novel.
Sol teaches the history of leadership research, the five-factor model of personality, the role of the ego, worker motivation, and more. As we journey along with Dean we experience the depths of despair in political battles lost, the clash of diverse cultures, frustration of divergent views, and vindication with just rewards. The story takes place primarily in Ann Arbor, Michigan with several scenes in Bengaluru India. Leading Team Alpha is a winner of the Reader View Literary Award 2010 for Business/Sales/Economics.