Myths v/s Realities Of Teamwork

Teamwork means less ‘ME’ and more ‘WE’

We all have been working in/with a team, irrespective to the work we’re indulged in. But, have you ever wondered why teamwork is important? Let’s discuss why the ability to work in a team is so necessary for our professional lives.

At your workplace, teamwork offers the company and staff an opportunity to become familiar with each other. Teamwork is critically important for the success of the company and for the development of each employee.  Without strong teamwork, it can be difficult for managers and executives to determine which staff members can best accomplish job tasks.
team-managementDid you know? If teamwork is used for the right reason and managed in a challenging way then it would be one of the most rewarding processes any manager or leader can experience.

In your career, you might have come across many team building activities and might have discussed things for building a strong team at your respective workplace. Beware, you might have acquired some mythical stuff which is far away from the reality of building a strong and productive team. Well, I am here to make you aware of some myths and realities of ‘Teamwork’.

Myth – Teams Are Harmonious People Who Compromise Their Needs For The Sake Of The Team
Reality – A good team is filled with diverse people which should be recognized and used by leaders in the most appropriate way. If this is done, the team diversity can become their strength. For this, you should identify the range of talents within the team and encourage them to use their talent for making the team succeed. Also, you need to identify the strengths and weaknesses of the team. Apart from this, it is also necessary to set ground rules for the team.

Myth – Team Conflict Is Unhealthy
– If your whole team has embraced the team’s their primary goal rather than the individual goal, team conflict would be a positive energy source. Want to know how? Here you go –

  • Conflict helps the thinking within the team, removing the blinkers and on occasion leading to creativity.
  • Conflict increases the level of engagement of individuals and releases the true feelings of team members.
  • Conflict is an energy source of excitement and it should be harnessed for the common good. The opposite of conflict is apathy and this is the real danger to a team.

The passion for a common goal allows conflict to be seen in a positive light, as the ‘fight’ is about achieving the objective and not with each other. The goal should be challenging so that the team recognizes that it will only be achieved with the engagement of the full team.

Myth – Most People Like Teamwork
– About one-third of the working population enjoys working in a team, one-third prefers to work solo and the rest are comfortable in working alone and with a team. It is quite obvious that everyone will not respond in the same way to teamwork.

Each person is different and should be recognized for it. Passion for a common goal is the glue for a team with diverse people. Each member of a team should be given an opportunity to express themselves and should be recognized for their strengths.

Myth – Teams Are Easy To Influence And Manage
boss-and-employees-working-togetherReality – It requires a very different skillset for leading a team than it is required for normal day-to-day management. There is a huge difference between normal leadership and team leadership. Let’s see how these two leaderships are dissimilar from each other.

  • Solo leaders are prone to play numerous roles, while team leaders try to limit their role in delegating and empowering others.
  • Solo leaders often seek for assistant or follower whereas, team leaders seek for talent.
  • A normal leader will direct his/her subordinates but a good team leader develops leaders.

So these were the differences between a normal and a team leader. However, managers frustrate their teams by not sharing the relevant information and directing the solution without engaging them.

You need to recruit some best employees to build a strong team. Now that you know how to build a better team, we would further like to help you to recruit the best employees in your organization.

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