8.1 Introduction

Effective teamwork is among the most important values that determine any given project’s efficacy and high performance. While teamwork is not a novel phenomenon, the sustainability and development of a high-performing project team within today’s culturally diverse and dynamic environment make the development of a high-performing project team increasingly daunting. The most challenged individuals in this respect seem to be the project managers (Johnsson, 2017). In today’s complex and technology-intensive environment, project managers must select and manage an effective team regardless of the high prevalence of change and uncertainties. In retrospect, the team managers must be technically competent and socially competent to ensure the effective management of the project team. Research reveals that the challenges and complexities found within projects are often derived from team management issues (Bond-Barnard, Fletcher, & Steyn, 2018). It reveals that the traditional leadership and team management model employed in today’s contemporary business environment proves to be ineffective and, at times, counter-productive. Therefore, there is a need for strategic and updated team management approaches to ensure the effective management of the project team, thus facilitating the overall project’s success. 

One of the significant elements of project management is the project team. Members of the project team perform one of the most important roles in order to achieve the success of a given undertaking . According to Lichtarski, the project team is a temporary team of employees and / or people from outside, appointed for the implementation of specific projects or tasks, after which the team is dissolved. According to PMI, the project team consists of the project manager and a group of people who undertake joint activities, implementing the project and achieving its goal. The project team includes the project manager, project management personnel and other team members who perform the work, but do not necessarily deal with project management” (Biskupek, 2019, p.30). 

Emmanuel Addo

Emmanuel Addo is the founder of the Young Global Leaders Network, an international non-governmental organization registered in six (6) countries namely, Ghana, United Kingdom, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Democratic Republic of Congo, and South Sudan and has a membership strength of over 15,000 young black professionals, students, graduates, and aspiring leaders.

The organization also operates in 25 other African countries. Emmanuel also doubles as the chief convener and founder of the Young African Leaders Summit, one of the largest continental youth summits in Africa.  

Currently works at Kingston University as a Business Engagement Team Member in their Partnerships and Engagement Department. 

He characterizes energy, integrity, result-oriented, and ground-breaking service in each detail of strategic management, change management, stakeholder management, and leadership acquaintances.
Emmanuel owns a core background in Sociology and Psychology from the University of Ghana.

Leveraging his experience as a youth activist and a dynamic young man, Emmanuel founded the Young Global Leaders Network, a youth organization that comprises young diplomats, young politicians, and aspiring politicians, business/entrepreneurial business leaders with the aim of championing a mutual agenda for the African youth and promoting youth participation in governance as well as promoting entrepreneurial culture.
Emmanuel nurtures an environment of teamwork and has expertise in data collection and analysis as well as both quantitative and qualitative methods.

Emmanuel worked as an Associate Lecturer at the London College of Advanced Management where he delivered a wide range of business management courses that involved principles of marketing, leadership, operation management, and research methods. Emmanuel has always maintained high teaching and learning standards to ensure that his students’ stand out in academic achievements and successful progression. As a stout believer and passionate key player in volunteering; Emmanuel creates quality time to giving back gladly to his community what he has learned and to educate individuals with free consultancy on career development. He is a leader anyone would love to look up to and with great integrity, commitment, and passion to make the world a better place.
Emmanuel worked as Qualifications Manager at the Open University in the UK.

Emmanuel is also the founder of Kickstart Innovation Hub Ltd, the entrepreneurial hub of Young Global Leaders Network.