Casey Stengel was an American baseball manager and coach, who scouted players for his team and trained them. According to him, “Finding good players is easy. Getting them to play as a team is another story.” This quote amply illustrate how elusive and difficult it is to make people create a great team. There are many situations in the world where individual brilliance, talents and abilities matter less; and what matters is the collective efforts of people. Teams are essential to achieve success in such situation. Whether it is an industry, business, sports, recreation, armed forces or educational institution; teamwork is essential for success.
What Makes Teams Different
Teams are different from groups, in the sense that groups are formed out of common characteristics of belonging; whereas a team is a dedicated group of people having a common objective. This is the reason we have teams of players, scientists, commandoes etc. Teams are focused on the tasks they are to achieve. What binds a team is the team-spirit, which means all stand for one and one stands for all. A team may be made of exceptionally brilliant individuals; but it is not a team unless they work like a team.
A team is a group of people who are dependent on each other for achieving a common goal.
The legendary Andrew Carnegie has this to say, “Teamwork is the ability to work together toward a common vision.”
Talent is important, but to win a championship, teamwork is essential.
How Winning Teams are Made
If you recall the performance of Indian cricket team over the decades, you will find that they always had an exemplary illustrious set of players through the ages. Yet the Indian team was never reckoned as the world-beaters. The reason can be found in how wonderfully the Indian team had been performing since the last decade. The credit goes to the wonderful team-spirit among the players. The great players have learnt to shed their egos and work together as a team. Personal ego is the greatest enemy of team-spirit and makes it impossible to have a team.
The other important constituent of a team is – Trust. Trust is the most fundamental element of a winning team. Developing a trusting environment is what makes the team bring out their best. Trustworthiness is what makes a person rely on the other person for his life. Mountaineering teams on high altitude, divers in deep sea or army commandoes and marines; display this king of trustworthiness.
According to research, to develop trustworthiness on another, the person must display these three elements:
- Ability – The skills and competency to deliver what they have promised or are expected to do.
- Benevolence – The other person has the feeling of care and compassion for you.
- Integrity – The other person adheres and cherishes the principles that both of you agree on.
Although the acronym for TEAM has been made as Together Everyone Achieves More to make it sound simple; making a team is one of the most difficult tasks. It requires people bond with each other in a tight-knit group, shedding their individual egos and attitudes. Regardless of the difficulty, teams are essential for human development and progress.
Written By: Priya Singh