Structure of Team Leadership

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How is Team Leadership Structured?

Team leadership generally exists in two forms:

  • Traditional Teams (Manage-Lead Teams) – A manager serves as the team leader. The manager has decision-making authority, hires/fires team members, and is accountable for team results.
  • Self-Managed Teams – The team is appointed with collective decision-making authority. They may have the power to select their own leader or to establish rules and authority by consensus. It is common for self-managed teams to elect a leader for purposes of coordinating the team activities with the larger organization.

⁃ Self-Directed Team – These teams have little or no external oversight. The members determine the leader, team members, processes, etc. They are, however, accountable to the organization for goal achievement or task completion.

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