What is Teamwork and why do we want it?

Teamwork is defined as the action performed by a team towards a common goal. A team consists of more than one person, each of whom typically has different responsibilities. We should be careful not to confuse the term “group” with the term “team”, because individuals of a group, not necessarily have a common goal.  A team includes seven common elements:

1. common purpose
2. interdependence
3. clarity or roles and contribution
4. satisfaction from mutual working
5. mutual and individual accountability
6. realization of synergies
7. empowerment

Although it can be very challenging to put into practice, teamwork is a method that promote effectiveness for many reasons. It is also the oil that makes the team work. Teamwork creates synergy and supports a more empowered way of working. Moreover, it promotes the sense of achievement, equity and camaraderie, essential for a motivated workplace. Teamwork has the potential to underpin so much of what is valuable in work. In fact, the benefits to be gained from teamwork synergies are essential for the effective management of resources.

The value of teamwork is usually seen in sports, as I have experienced during my four years of college tennis. Even though tennis is an individual sport, when playing next to and with the support of other players who have the same objective, the synergistic value maximizes the strengths of each other. Of course, each player still has their individual goals, such as improving the serve or the backhand, or to increase agility. However, the improvement of each individual still works toward the team’s objective.

It is such more pleasant to work with people who you can count on in order to get to the point you want to be. Have you thought about that? Let’s start to see the beauty of having a common goal and raise our arms together as a signal of victory!

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