Team leader

Team leader

A team leader is someone (or in certain cases there may be multiple team leaders) who provides guidance, instruction, direction, leadership to a group of other individuals (the team) for the purpose of achieving a key result or group of aligned results.The team-leader monitors the quantitative and qualitative result that is to be achieved. The leader works with the team membership.

It is often important to note that the team membership may not directly report or answer to the team-leader, (who is very often a senior member of the organization but may or may not be a manager) but would be expected to provide support to the team leader and other team members in achieving the team's goals.

A good team leader listens constructively to the membership and to the customer(s) of the results that the team is charged with delivering.A good team leader prioritizes issues that need to be tackled and helps to identify responsible members within the team to carry out those tasks.A good team leader will coach, direct, support or delegate as is appropriate, the individual members in order that they are best enabled to deliver the necessary results.Regular reviews are held depending on the nature of the issue that the team is responsible for.

The Difference between a Team Leader and a Team Lead

Team Lead manages the activities of a team in relation to a specific project. Each team member is the master of their specific task and the Team Lead co-ordinates between the the members. This position is most commonly found in large financial institutions that bring a group of specialist in to complete a specific task like an audit.

By contrast, a Team Leader manages a team full time within a single business unit. All team members generally do the same work either individually or as part of the team, but are under the direct management of the Team Leader. This structure is common for large corporations and call centers.

Learn more about Team Leaders and their Position within a Company

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Other Uses of the Phrase Team Leader

Cheer Leading - The leader of a cheer leading squad will often be referred to as a Team Leader ( [ Team Leader Uniforms] )
Church Groups - Church groups can be lead be a Team Leader during evangelical or fund raising activities ( [ example] )
Dog Sledding - a lead dog in a dog sledding team is often referred to as a Team Leader ( [ example] )

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