By VINESH NAIDU
A team is defined as:
“people working together in a committed way to achieve a common goal or mission. The work is inter-dependent and team members share responsibility and hold themselves accountable for attaining the results.” – Massachusets I.T.
Leaders need to lead, motivate, encourage, and provide support within teams. The “science of building leaders” (the tag line of Leaderonomics) isn’t going to be worth anything if there isn’t a TEAM to lead. This is at the core of all our activities, whether you are living, working or playing in a community.
We as humans are societal beings. Can anyone really say they don’t want to be team players? A “team” is a dynamic entity and does not exist in the same way or form in every context. How a team is set up, what a team does, and more importantly, why a team is set up are crucial questions we need to ask ourselves at the workplace.
Isn’t it funny how you spend all your schooling years striving for individual honours and recognition, be it being on the Dean’s List or being the School Captain. Then BOOM, all the job ads are asking for this alien concept – “Must be a team player”. What kind of evil ambush is this, I hear you say?
A group of people in itself does not necessarily constitute a team. What gels a team together is when members of a team start complementing each other with the skills they have and begin generating synergy through a coordinated effort.
This allows for the maximising of strengths and the minimising of individual weaknesses. When all these issues converge, it inevitably translates to better productivity at work and that, ladies and gentlemen, is the holy grail, isn’t it?
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