Team Leaders adapt to the business and team environment to ensure the team creates the performance or implements the change for which it was chartered.
When to use
Teams need leaders. Someone who provides the “glue” to keep the team moving towards the team goal or objective. Because today’s business environment involves new technology, new products, new competitors, and new people, leaders are needed to navigate through these changes. The speed of business creates and urgency for teams to achieve new levels of performance in real-time which further adds to the need for strong leaders.
Team leaders need to be willing to take on many roles within the team. A strong team leader assesses what the team needs and provides that type of interaction, which could include facilitator, coach, communicator, integrator, archivist, motivator, disciplinarian, or even just team member.
Leader or Manager
Most teams need both management and leadership. Managers are normally focused on controlling team performance to achieve stability and predictability. Leaders are focused on changing the team or organization to achieve new levels of performance. These are not mutually exclusive, but there are normally different actions associated with each.
Harvard Business Review published a list of leadership traits that apply to team leaders as well as business leaders:
- Industry and organizational knowledge.
- Relationships in the firm and industry.
- Reputation and track record.
- Abilities and skills.
- Personal values.
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