A team leader is a senior member of a team who plays a role in directing work, improving the team and representing the team with stakeholders. This is not a position of control but rather a position of leading with influence. A team leader is usually a hands-on position that requires high productivity and talent such that an individual is recognized as a leader by both the team and stakeholders. The following are common responsibilities of a team leader.
Challenge the Status Quo
Leading by Example
Recognizing Team Members
Team Leader vs Team ManagerTeam leader implies leading with influence. A team manager leads with authority and control. A team leader can be delegated authority but accountability for the team remains with the team manager. In other words, any failures of team leaders is also a failure of the team manager.
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