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Part I: Defining Team Direction > Establishing Team Leadership

Chapter 9. Establishing Team Leadership

Leading is different from managing. Leading means to show the way by going first and to guide direction by persuasion. Managing implies command and control. Leaders concentrate on getting others to learn, grow and win. Managers concentrate on getting results because their bosses expect it. We all know there’s a time for both leading and managing, but the stark truth is that leading a team effectively in the short run produces both growth and results in the long run. Command and control may get immediate results, but unfortunately only the manager, not the team, is motivated for the next assignment.

So when we talk about a team leader, we mean an elected or appointed team member who builds the team and guides joint action on its work. Note we’re not talking about an authority figure or a supervisor, but a team member who has a unique function. Some of the characteristics frequently reported of good leaders are:


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