Value 2. Teamwork
Teamwork is valuable and very important to leadership. In fact, you may here “team” and “leader” together more often today. With team effort greater results will be produced.
As I mentioned in Value One yesterday about being open-minded, leaders understand the meaning of team effort. Teamwork is a joint effort/action by a group of individuals who seek after a common outcome. This type of cohesive effort will cause more work to get done and can also enable a team to come out victorious. Teamwork is not only assigned to organizations, because leaders serve under different capacities such as a sporting team. It doesn’t matter how good a particular player (the leader) is. All players will have to contribute in some sort of way to create the end result the team seeks. Michael Jordan was a great player, but he couldn’t have done all he did without the help of other players. Could he? Martin Luther King Jr. was a great leader and accomplished a lot over the course of his life. Did he do it all by himself? No! All great leaders realize that it takes the effort of others to get the work done in its greatest quality. It was Andrew Carnegie who said, “Teamwork is the ability to work together toward a common vision. The ability to direct individual accomplishment toward organizational objectives. It is the fuel that allows common people to attain uncommon results.” A great deal of success can be achieved through working together for a common goal.
What I have learned from reading books on leadership and being a member of various teams and organizations is that teamwork is simple and straight forward. Team means Together Everyone Achieves More, and that is why I said it is straight forward, though not necessarily easy. As a leader you have to be committed to the task at hand. In other words, by showing your commitment, other members on the team will do all they possibly can to support the vision of the organization, company or team in order to excel or to achieve maximum results. The purpose of a team is always to achieve maximum results by the cohesive effort of each player. As a team player it is necessary to contribute whole heartily and not partially, because partial effort may cost the company/team a loss. It was Brian Tracy who said, “Teamwork is so important that it is virtually impossible for you to reach the heights of your capabilities or make the money that you want without becoming very good at it.” A team will be able to take you the length and breath of where you are not able to go by yourself. If you are feeling stuck, apply the effort of a team and they will be able to do one of two things – Push you out or Pull you out! Team effort is much stronger than your effort!
What must be remembered is that working cooperatively with others can inspire miracles. Miracles that appeared unreachable, but because of collected effort the success that once looked untouchable is reached without duly straining oneself. It was Jack Canfield who said, “Keep in mind that part of growing up is dealing with difficult issues, and the benefits can be great if you have the courage to ask for help. Human beings are not designed to go through life alone. No one has to bear the burden of tough times all by themselves.” A leader with a team can achieve just about anything they put their mind to!