Good leaders are made not born. If you have the desire and will power, you can become an effective leader. Good leaders develop through an ever-constant process of self study, education, training, and experience. This comes in very handy when dealing with teams due to the fact that the leadership hat is going to change according to each member's region of proficiency. The leader isn't necessarily going to issue instructions, procedures, goals, or monitor achievement levels, but to insure that the team has the assets it needs and to remove or limit any barriers that may appear (Thompson, et al. 8).
Leadership is crucial when it comes to forming teams. You can not expect a team to function just because you put some individuals in a group. The team has to build a working relationship, a trust in one another's skills, and the confidence that when it comes their turn to lead, they can succeed.
A team's success is going to come from its members having trust in the leader, the team mission, and the significance of the team itself (Dept. of the Army 3-2).
A key point is whether or not the team members will follow the team leader. A confidence will have to be built within the team in order to establish any member as an effective leader of the team. This team confidence will only be formed from a mutual respect of each other and of the abilities that each member brings to the team. It will not be formed because one member is a stronger leader than another. In fact, just because the leader of the team is strong, doesn't mean the team will be a success. It also goes to say that if the team leader is weak that the team will...