Team Leadership

Team leadership is a critical role that can either see the success or failure of the team. Therefore, team leader must understand their duties and responsibilities towards driving a team to success. Firstly, leaders must strive to perform their functions to the team. Northouse (2015) describes two critical tasks of a leader within a group: A) leaders must help their members accomplish their tasks. It includes driving the role of team performance, which they can do by making decisions, solving problems within the group, helping members adapt to changes, and making plans. B) The other function that sees a team succeeding is maintenance, which is developing a team. Leaders ought to create positive environments for the members, enhance interpersonal relationships, and build cohesion.

Leadership is an ongoing process; hence, a team leader needs to keep networking with other leaders and splitting the information for developing their teams. Through networking, a leader gains diverse knowledge of handling their teams (Dong et al., 2016). The information gathered should then be split to establish the most vital that will help team members. Thus, for a team’s success, leaders should make their role an ongoing process and seek to gain more knowledge. Also, Ginnett’s team effectiveness leadership model explains three things a leader should do to drive success. A leader should ensure a team has a clear goal and objectives, help individuals redesign their input through motivation, and improve the team’s performance by coaching.

  In summary, for a team’s success, a team leader must lead in team performance by helping the team accomplish its task and maintenance by developing relationships among members, networking with other leaders, setting clear goals and objectives, and redesigning members’ input.


Dong, Y., Bartol, K., Zhang, Z., & Li, C. (2016). Enhancing employee creativity via individual skill development and team knowledge sharing: Influences of dual-focused transformational leadership. Journal Of Organizational Behavior, 38(3), 439-458.

Northouse, P. (2015). Leadership (7th Ed.). Sage Publications.