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Project leaders can create a working environment for their team members that will lead to mission success.

In this video clip, a panel featuring Mike Cisewski, Joe Gasbarre and Kaitlin Liles, who were team members on the SAGE III/International Space Station project, discusses different elements that can enable a project team to be successful.

Video key learning points:

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    Relationship building activities can help project team members get to know each other on a personal level and build strong connections. A team with strong relationships is more willing to sacrifice for each other and step in and help when needed during difficult times with the project.

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    The project leader should create an environment where everyone on the team feels they are given the respect to share their opinions and be heard.

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    Project managers should communicate a clear rationale behind their final decisions to their team, so everyone understands why the decision was made.

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    Having deputy project managers with different leadership styles helps with communicating effectively to everyone on the team.

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    A project leader should attempt to manage by influence and build consensus with their team instead of leading by top-down direction.


Related Resources

APPEL KS Courses: Building and Leading NASA Teams

APPEL KS Course: The Best Teams: Introverts, Extraverts and Ambiverts

NASA VPMC: Building Effective Project Teams for Mission Success (full video)

APPEL KS Knowledge Inventory: Team Leadership


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