Continuing with the theme of our previous post, one of the most prudent steps you can take to maximize the impact of a team or a team improvement initiative is to appoint a strong leader.
An effective project team leader moves the team forward and inspires team members to do their best work. They also manage many of the organizational systems needed to keep a project on track.
The roles of a team leader include the following:
- Manage the team toward accomplishing tasks and maintaining focus
- Take a vested interest in solving the problem
- Build commitment to the team charter and objective
- Develop, with the members, the project plan
- Lead activities such as problem solving, progress monitoring and team building
- Interaction between meetings, offering help with action items
- Meet with the facilitator between meetings to review the previous meeting and to plan for the next meeting
- Keep the necessary people (sponsors, functional management) informed of progress, barriers and roadblocks and provide guidance to the team based on management direction
- Maintain documentation of the team’s efforts
- Behave in a way that contributes to team effectiveness
An effective team leader must also possess a range of skills if they are to fill these roles, such as project management skills, communication skills, and the ability to understand problem solving as well as the differences between team members.