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Are you a good team leader?

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Teams are defined as “a work group that must rely on collaboration if each member is to experience the optimum success and achievement” (DuBrin, 2007 p.271). For most teams and team-based organizations, a very important goal is for all the team members to actually participate in leadership and management activities. Leaders of teams play an important role in learning how to lead the team in ways that allow each member to have an important part in obtaining the mutually agreed upon goals. Teams need leaders who are smart and educated concerning the team process. Team leaders need to have the skills that will facilitate relationships between all the team members.

Leaders who are effective in leading teams work as a facilitator who helps the team members stay focused on the task, solve problems, and strengthen relationships among members. Often teams that do not have effective leadership get off task and lose sight of the mission and goals of the organization. According to DuBrin (2007), effective team leaders are able to actively engage in the following:

· Building trust and inspiring teamwork

· Coaching team members and group members toward higher levels of performance

· Facilitating and supporting the team’s decisions

· Expanding the team’s capabilities

· Creating a team identity

· Anticipating and influencing change

· Inspiring the team toward higher levels of performance

· Enabling and empowering group members to accomplish their work

· Encouraging team members to eliminate low-value work

Team leadership is an important aspect in today’s organizations. We all can work at developing our team leadership skills by practicing the following:

1. Be empathetic

2. Create a climate of trust

3. Cultivate compassion

4. Serve as a role model

Baggerly-Hinojosa, B. (2010). Are you a 10? The ten characteristics of a servant leader.

DuBrin, A.(2007). Leadership: Research findings, practice, and skills. South-Western Engage Learning: USA.



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