Managers and Leaders
As a team leader, you are a manager-leader of a self-directed work team. We take the time to introduce you to these concepts because we all come into these positions with different skills and knowledge. This is your opportunity to develop something that a traditional university curriculum probably doesn’t address.
Managers work through planning, organizing, controlling and problem solving; leaders work through setting direction, getting others to follow the direction and motivating and inspiring them (Kotter, 2001). Self-directed work teams are just what they sound like: they are self-directed because they decide amongst themselves what they will do, how they will do it and when; they do work because it takes time and energy to do these projects even if they are fun; they are teams because the project’s success depends on them working together (Fisher, 1993).