Five Roles of a Team Leader

Project managers play an essential team leader role, and building a high performing team requires the project manager to wear many hats. In Team Leadership (Lore International Group, 1999) David C. Kolb, Ph.D. offers a five-stage development model in which the leadership roles and skill requirements of the project manager constantly change to best serve the project. Following is the useful experts from the same.

Facilitator: Team-Building Phase:

  • Understanding individual differences, work styles and cultural nuances
  • Using and teaching collaborative skills
  • Initiating projects by facilitating planning workshops
  • Mediator: Team-Learning Phase:

  • Conflict management and resolution skills
  • Problem-solving and decision-making techniques
  • Coach: Team-Trust Phase:

  • Goal setting
  • Teaching others how to give and receive feedback
  • Creating team identity
  • Consultant: Team-Work Phase

  • Assessing team opportunities
  • Aligning individual, team, and organizational values, and strategic imperatives
  • Fostering team spirit
  • Collaborator: Team-Flow Phase:

  • Lead softly
  • Assume a peer relationship with team members
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