Good Practice and Recommendations for Research Team Leadership

Report No. ARL-SR-0372
Authors: Mark L Bundy
Date/Pages: May 2017; 26 pages
Abstract: Lessons learned from years of research-team leadership experience are enumerated and partitioned into best programmatic and people-skill practices. From a productivity standpoint, people skills are the most important element of a mission-based team lead's job; whereas, for a program-based team, the leader's primary duties are to coordinate lines of communications and plan tasks in preparation for a successful product transition to advanced development. In either case, the roles and requirements of a research team lead are more extensive than understanding the science. They call for understanding and respecting the needs and talents of people, and the operation of the organization at all levels.
Distribution: Approved for public release
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Last Update / Reviewed: May 1, 2017