Whereas men don't tend to be bashful about tooting their own horn — a characteristic that seems to be an advantage in the corporate world — women are frequently known for crediting their teams before they would ever dream of taking credit themselves for a job well done.

But there's upside to putting the team first: it often gets results. Whether your aim is to elevate your talent pool, overcome an obstacle in a given market or simply to spur more cross-selling of products from different business lines, a group approach can provide diversity of thought and foster connectivity, two things that are in significant demand in the financial services sector today.

American Banker Magazine has selected four top teams, each competing against similarly sized peers, where women as a team are having a measurable impact on performance-and where a commitment to developing and promoting female talent will create new paths to power for the next generation of women.

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