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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?
Industry and organizational knowledge, inter-personal skills and abilities, motivation.
College or university degree, firm control of all team activities, consistency.
Track record of success in the organization, enthusiastic support of team members, integrity.
3. What is one way of describing the difference between strong and weak team leaders?
Strong leaders understand the importance of communication and communicate with team members frequently, weak leaders seldom communicate.
Strong leaders are “doers” and weak leaders are “talkers.”
Strong leaders adapt to changing circumstances and take on multiple team roles, weak leaders fail to adapt.
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