The flame of one candle will not be weaker if it illuminates another candle
Teams are groups of people connected by a common goal. A group by itself does not have to form a team. People get together in groups and work with a common goal, but they work separately, each for himself. Teams, on the other hand, usually have members who possess complementary skills that complement each other. Successful teams are more than just a group of individuals: a team is a synergy, which allows each team member to highlight and apply their knowledge to the greatest extent, while the weaknesses and shortcomings of each team member are almost imperceptible and irrelevant to the job.
It is impossible to imagine a modern business organization without teamwork, especially in situations when it is necessary to perform highly complex tasks, or those tasks that have a lot of interdependent parts.
Anyone who has ever led a team, or been a member of a team, knows how nice it is to be part of a group that thinks the same thought, but, unfortunately, also how difficult it is sometimes.
A successful team consists of members who understand each other and mutually support each other, have open communication, trust each other, are committed to a common goal, and successfully resolve conflicts when they arise.
A successful team has a good leader.
The leader is the central person in the team, with the most difficult task and the most complex role. His energy and optimism must be contagious. A leader must understand people with all their imperfections, collections of prejudices, ambitions, and personalities that affect relationships with people. In reality, different personalities clash, and despite the talent of team members, faith in a common goal, internal conflicts can destroy the whole endeavor. Successful teams live short. They are planning for the long run, but they are acting at the moment. That is why the role of the Leader is to explain to the team members which part of the “bigger picture” belongs to them, and to later reformulate this “higher” goal into smaller, practical activities.
Teamwork is vital to the success of an organization. People are social beings, and most of them naturally want to belong to a team, just as most employees feel inner satisfaction as a reward for teamwork in an organization. Belonging to a team in a broader sense is equivalent to feeling a sense of belonging to something that is bigger than an individual. And it has a lot to do with understanding the mission and goals of the organization. In a team-oriented environment, the individual contributes to the overall success of the organization.
Author: Dž. Keller