Roles and responsibilities By understanding the strengths and capabilities of each team member, team leads can assign tasks that leverage their skills and expertise. Clear roles and responsibilities enable a team lead or project manager to delegate collaborative work effectively, provide guidance and empower their direct reports to shine. As an individual contributor, clear roles and responsibilities provide a foundation for effective teamwork. Individual contributors can align their efforts with the broader team goals by understanding their specific tasks and deliverables. In cross-functional collaborations, where teams work across different departments or disciplines, defining roles and responsibilities becomes even more critical. Without clear guidelines, teams can become siloed, hindering effective coordination and impeding progress.