Although teams and team building have been used successfully in the sports and the military environments for some time, it is only recently that commercial companies have grasped the need and appreciated the benefits of using multi-disciplinary teams to gain competitive advantage. It is, therefore, essential that the project leader understands the characteristics and features of project teams to be able to lead the team effectively.
We are all members of one team or another; working in teams has become a modern-day phenomenon. This chapter will look into why people work in teams and discuss the benefits of working in teams, particularly focusing on the benefits to the project and the benefits to the individual.
The project leader’s challenge is to identify the team leadership techniques that will encourage the project team to work together towards achieving the project’s objectives.
A project team can be defined ...