We have all heard the phrase “There is no I in team” but what does it really mean? A team can only truly succeed if its players put others on the team ahead of themselves and focus on the common purpose and performance of the teams collective goals.
Being selfless and focused on team goals is not easy to do all of the time, but it is necessary to do in order to have a triumphant team.
Along with these two key elements for team success, there are 4 other elements that need to be displayed by all team members in order to have a high functioning and happy team.
1. Be generous – The heart of selflessness is generosity, it brings people together and advances and enhances team efforts. If each team member is willing to give of themselves generously to the team as a whole, it will be successful.
2. Mutual accountability – Each team person holds the others accountable for the success of the common goals and the success of the organization as a whole.
3. Display loyalty – If you show loyalty to the people on your team, they will respond with loyalty. One for all and all for one!
4. Common approach – Interdependence over independence. The team members work together, helping one another see the big picture of what needs to happen instead of individual, small parts focusing only on their part.
These 6 key elements will make a big difference in your work team. It is worth the time and investment to discuss often, as a team, the ways that you could continue to improve how the team works, which in turn will improve the work culture extensively.
“Teamwork is the ability to work together toward a common vision. The ability to direct individual accomplishments toward organizational objectives. It is the fuel that allows common people to attain uncommon results.” –Andrew Carnegie