Lead is someone who provides guidance, instruction, direction and leadership to a group of individuals to achieve aligned results. The team leader reports to a manager (overseeing several teams). The team leader monitors the quantitative and qualitative effect that is to succeed. The leader often works within the team, as a member, carrying out the same roles but with the additional ‘leader’ responsibilities – as opposed to higher level management who often have a separate job role altogether In order for a team to function successfully, the team leader must also motivate the team to “use their knowledge and skills to achieve the shared goals.”.

When a team leader motivates a team, group members can function in a goal-oriented manner. A “team leader” is also someone who can drive performance within a group of people. Team leaders utilise their expertise, their peers, influence, and creativeness to formulate a capable team.

The purpose of a leader is to make sure there is leadership. To ensure that all four dimensions of leadership are [being addressed].” The four dimensions being: (1) a shared, motivating team purpose or vision or goal (2) action, progress and results (3) collective unity or team spirit (4) attention to individuals. Leaders also contribute by leading through example.

Aligned with listening skills, team leaders are responsible for developing intervention techniques to improve overall team production. Shuffler (2011) claims that specific teams have interventions distinctly particular to their team. Also, team building is most useful for solving specific team breakdowns, whereas team training is most useful for providing the knowledge and skills needed for teamwork.