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1. What is the difference between a team leader and team manager?
Managers strive for a stable and predictable performance; leaders strive to create a new level of performance.
A team manager is appointed by senior management and leaders are elected by the team.
Managers focus on cost and schedule; leaders focus on people and product.
2. What are some common traits of successful team leaders?
Track record of success in the organization, enthusiastic support of team members, integrity.
College or university degree, firm control of all team activities, consistency.
Industry and organizational knowledge, inter-personal skills and abilities, motivation.
3. What is one way of describing the difference between strong and weak team leaders?
Strong leaders adapt to changing circumstances and take on multiple team roles, weak leaders fail to adapt.
Strong leaders are “doers” and weak leaders are “talkers.”
Strong leaders understand the importance of communication and communicate with team members frequently, weak leaders seldom communicate.
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