Team Social Roles
Team members also fill social roles. Social role does not mean what role they have while working but the role while they have when socializing with other team members. Although some social roles have strong association with specific company roles e.g. managers usually act as leaders. Sometimes one social role is split between multiple members.
Leader: Strategically leads and structures the team. Monitors and enforces team rules. Intervenes and handles social problems. Provides constructive feedback to team members. Should be approachable at all times. May lead multiple teams.
Coordinator: Contact between the team and the leader. Leads individual tasks, not the whole strategy. Divides big tasks into reasonable subtasks. Motivates team members when productivity is getting low. Gives a face for the team.
Innovator: Imaginative and spontaneous people. Source of new ideas, inspiration and suggestions. Ideas stand out for being extremely origin, even radical. Provides unique solutions when team gets stuck on conventional routines. More interested in solving core problems than taking care of details.
Team-Player: Main attentions is on the social atmosphere. Takes care that new members are being integrated into the team. Organizes lunches, after work parties and remembers birthdays. Immediately notices and acts upon the needs and worries of a single team member. Reliable source of work motivation.
Detailer: Polishes the task and takes care of best quality. Insists on keeping deadlines. Makes everything perfect. Loves details and goes for best possible outcome.
Networker: Takes care of external information flow and contacts. Keeps team members updated on other teams, projects and events. When they are working, they are on phone or meetings. Prefers sharing office with other people.
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