Team Leader Lesson Plan

Instructor: Dana Dance-Schissel

Dana teaches social sciences at the college level and English and psychology at the high school level. She has master's degrees in applied, clinical and community psychology.

What is a team leader and how do they improve group function? This lesson plan explores these questions using a video lesson. An activity reinforces key concepts for students.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this lesson, students will be able to:

  • define 'team leader'
  • list the qualities of a team leader
  • discuss the responsibilities of a team leader


30 to 45 minutes

Curriculum Standards


Determine a central idea of a text and analyze its development over the course of the text, including how it emerges and is shaped and refined by specific details; provide an objective summary of the text.


Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative, connotative, and technical meanings; analyze the cumulative impact of specific word choices on meaning and tone (e.g., how the language of a court opinion differs from that of a newspaper).


Delineate and evaluate the argument and specific claims in a text, assessing whether the reasoning is valid and the evidence is relevant and sufficient; identify false statements and fallacious reasoning.


  • Paper copies of the worksheet from the associated video lesson


  • Begin by writing the following term on the board for the class to see: 'team.'
    • What qualities make for an effective team?
    • Do you think a team leader is essential? Why or why not?
  • Play the video lesson What Is a Team Leader? - Description, Role & Responsibilities, pausing it at 0:21.
    • What is a team leader?
    • What makes for an effective team leader?
  • Play the video lesson for the class again. Pause it at 1:07.
    • Why is it important for team leaders to take on multiple roles?
    • Which roles do you believe are most important for a team leader to assume and why?
  • Play the video lesson. Pause it this time at 1:51.
    • What does it mean to delegate?
    • Why is it important for team leaders to delegate?
    • What responsibilities do team leaders hold?
  • Play the remainder of the video lesson for the class.
    • Why are team leaders important for a group to function effectively?
  • Hand out the paper copies of the worksheet to the class, one per student.
  • Instruct the students to work independently to complete the worksheet using what they learned about team leaders from the video lesson.
  • When everyone has completed the worksheet, review each question and answer with the class as students follow along making any necessary corrections to their papers as they go.

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