Overuse of Leadership and Teams?

What is a Team?

Teams are groups of people, bound together by a common purpose to create a specific outcome or result. Each member of the team has unique characteristics and skills. The team could not accomplish its results without the varied inputs of the members. In other words, the whole is greater than the sum of the individuals.

What is Not a Team?

Teams are not random groups of people put together to do a task. This is where I believe the word “team” gets abused. A group of people that get together, even with a common thread of interest, is not a team.

What is Leadership?

What is Not Leadership?

Leadership in not management. Though a good leader can manage administrative tasks well, a leader’s role is much broader and more compassionate. Many organizations today mis-use the word “leadership” when they really mean “management”.

Teams and Leadership: The Take-Aways

Words matter, as we are told, and our actions must align with the speed we employ. Employees and staff in our organizations recognize a false effort to energize workers or to whitewash hierarchy by calling a directive management group a “leadership team”.

Your Next Steps to Build Real Leadership Teams

Contact me at info@simple-pdh.com or 281–280–8717 to learn more about Situational Team Leadership. If you are in the position of leading a virtual team, please check out our courses and coaching at Simple-PDH.com as well as Chapter 6 in PDMA Essentials Volume 3. Finally, if you are a CIO (chief innovation officer) or NPD (new product development) manager, you will be interested in the Innovation Master Mind (IMM) group. IMM is a 6-month peer coaching group that allows you to extend your NPD knowledge beyond NPDP certification and to collaborate with other CIOs and innovation managers.



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Teresa Kowal

Teresa Kowal


I tackle life with an infusion of rigor, zeal, and faith. My passion is innovation and helping others improve their new product development ecosystems.