Teams become more effective units when they have a common goal and the ability to resolve conflicts that might otherwise throw them off track. Leaders keep a team going by choosing the right players, delegating well, getting team members excited about their goals and making sure that team members feel listened to and appreciated. The benefits of team leadership then emerge in being able to successfully grow as an organization.
A successful team leader knows how to delegate tasks among team members, leading to more effective outcomes. With one person focused on reaching larger objectives, the team players may then focus on their specific tasks. By giving other team members direction, the team leader keeps the project moving along.
Team leaders have the ability to instill a strong belief in the company's service or product. For example, salespeople offered incentives for meeting goals are never as effective in the long run as those who are passionate about their jobs and the products they're selling, according to "Inc." magazine. By igniting an enthusiasm for a product, team leaders create a more effective work environment.
Without a team leader, team members do not have an outlet to share their concerns and, therefore, might feel frustrated and confused about how to incorporate change. Part of a team leader's job is to listen to ideas and frustrations and implement change as appropriate. Leadership also involves acting as a mediator of conflicts so that the team may continue to function effectively, rather than getting stuck on problems.
Effective team leaders have the ability to identify talent, so they know the right person for each task at hand. By pairing the right person with the right job, a team leader strengthens the organization because the match means both that the person likely will be happier in his role and that the task will be done well. Leaders also should hold a vision for the entire team, not just personal ambition, which is what keeps the team moving as an entity rather than as disjointed parts.
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