Is there a word that is somewhere between "participated in" and "led?"

For example, last year my company created a new team and assigned me to lead it. I contributed significantly to the formation of the team, but I was not actually leading the effort to create it.

  • depends on how you define 'participated in' - a customer? – JMP Mar 28 '15 at 3:59
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    Leaders don't contribute. – Kris Mar 28 '15 at 5:03
  • @Jon Not a customer. Two senior staff members were doing most of the planning, but I had to be involved and provide feedback because it was eventually going to be my own team. Digging my own grave, if you will, but in the positive sense. – Pedro Mar 28 '15 at 9:48
  • @Kris Not sure what you mean by that. I know the word "contribute" is usually reserved for individual contributors. Are you saying that is not how I should describe the role I had? – Pedro Mar 28 '15 at 9:49
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    @Kris - A (good) leader certainly does contribute. – Hot Licks Mar 28 '15 at 12:34

Then you were a key player.

one of the important people in a particular activity or field -Collins

  • It's not a verb, but I think it nicely conveys a notion between participating and leading. – Pedro Mar 28 '15 at 21:02
  • If you want to get uppity about not getting a raise for your contribution (and probably get fired); you could say, "Had I not usurped the idiot in charge, this never would have got done". But, kiss your employment good-bye. – Mazura Mar 28 '15 at 21:25

You played an "integral" role in the formation of the team

integral adjective: 1. necessary to make a whole complete; essential or fundamental. "games are an integral part of the school's curriculum"

synonyms: essential, fundamental; Google integral

If "integral" lacks the prominence you seek to convey then, perhaps, "essential" is more serviceable:

essential adjective: 1. absolutely necessary; extremely important. "it is essential to keep up-to-date records"

synonyms: crucial, necessary, key, vital, indispensable, important, critical; Google essential

  • "Integral" is good, but I don't think it conveys the sense of prominence I'm looking for. For example, nuts and bolts are integral to the building of a car, but marketing focuses on other parts. – Pedro Mar 28 '15 at 20:59
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    I think "key" works well, and goes along with the accepted answer of "key player." Thank you for the suggestions. – Pedro Mar 30 '15 at 1:27

senior whatever:

senior team member

senior contributor

senior research staff

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