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The Unique Roles of Team Leaders and Facilitators

A facilitator is one who contributes structure and process to interactions so groups are able to function effectively and make high quality decisions; and is a helper or enabler whose goal is to support others as they achieve exceptional performance.

Effective facilitators[1]:

Effective team leaders draw together the team’s vision, a belief in the opportunity for change, and the ability to meaningfully involve others. Effective leaders establish a vision of the future; enlist others to embrace the vision; create change; and unleash the energy and talent of contributing members.

Effective leaders should:

Facilitators and leaders can both take on the following tasks to help assure the team’s success:


  1. Adapted from Bens, Ingrid (1999). Facilitation at a Glance! AQP/Participative Dynamics/GOAL/QPC.