By Amy Edmondson
In the life sciences, leaders increasingly manage diverse teams, with members spanning geographic, disciplinary, and even organizational boundaries. I call this “extreme teaming.” As the premium on innovation intensifies, more organizations are collaborating with new and diverse partners. These cross-industry teams bring new management challenges such as distinct technical languages, norms and values, and culture clashes. Fortunately, leadership can increase the chances of successful innovation. Here is a set of uncommon but powerful leadership practices that help.