The lone wolf dies but the pack survives: 5 reasons why a good leader should believe in teamwork
You must have read or heard the term ‘Teamwork’ more often than you can remember. But why does teamwork get so much importance?
Talent wins games, but teamwork…wins championships – Michael Jordan
You must have read or heard the term ‘Teamwork’ more often than you can remember. But why does teamwork get so much importance? Why can’t an individual just get things done on his/her own? Well, for one, teamwork has been around for a long time, and secondly, it’s more of a natural instinct. Just look at ancient humans! They used to travel in groups to protect themselves against predators and gather food. And today, teamwork has deeply ingrained itself in pop culture. For example, a bunch of mighty superheroes form a ‘team’ to fight against alien invaders in order to save humanity and make billions at the box office.
However, every team needs a good leader, and a good leader should always put the team first. Here are five reasons why teamwork is the way to go!
- Cultivates creativity
More the merrier is the perfect saying when it comes to creativity. Cracking ideas as a group compared to thinking alone is far more exciting and productive. It has been said that a great idea can change the world, then it can certainly change the fortunes of an organisation. As a leader, you need to ensure that ideations don’t happen in silos but in groups to produce a broader range of solutions in a much shorter time frame.
- Provides a support network
“It was the best of times; it was the worst of times”. The opening line from ‘A Tale of Two Cities’ by Charles Dickens can be used to describe every organisation that ever existed. A crisis is inevitable, but it can be averted. The question is how? Well, the answer is quite simple – teamwork! Now, as a leader, you would be required to lead your team from the front, while your team will act as a support network for you and each other thus dealing with less than favourable situations in a far more organised manner.
- Establishes strong relationships
Trust is the key to successful teamwork. A group of people working in a team are bound to have conflicts and difference of opinion. And this where trust plays a crucial role. When team members trust each other it creates the foundation of a relationship that can overcome minor conflicts. Trust is also essential for good leadership. When your team trusts you, they are more likely to express their ideas freely and not turn into yes men. This, in turn, promotes open communication within the organisation which is of utmost importance to achieve success.
- Promotes healthy risk-taking
Leadership and risk-taking go hand-in-hand. Taking a risk can jeopardize your organisation and not taking any risk at all will lead to stagnation. If you are a risk-taking leader then you have already won half the battle. However, are your employees willing to take risks? A single employee might not choose to take risks on a project he/she is working solo as in case of failure that employee will face the full brunt of the blame. On the other hand, a team is likely to take more risks to achieve their desired goals, and at the same time, they can support each other in case of a failure.
- Enables sharing of expertise
Every leader looks out for highly skilled and motivated employees. However, not even the most dedicated or talented employee can do everything. Hence, it is the responsibility of the leader to form apt teams for certain projects so that different team members can complement each other's skill set to complete the project. When team members apply different skills to the same problem, they can devise a better solution to an existing problem or come up with better ideas in a much shorter period of time. By observing the process behind these skills, individuals can combine their skills to become a stronger team.
Now you know the reasons why teamwork is considered so important. A skilled employee can achieve a lot; however, if you put the same employee in a team, then he/she will achieve a lot more while simultaneously improving their own skill set. Chivas Regal, the world’s first and one of the most premium luxury whisky brands too believes that the path to success is always collaborative. And they have communicated the same through their bold new commercial which is a part of ‘Win the Right Way Campaign’.
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From the teams that have qualified for the semi-finals, what has stood out is how not one has achieved this courtesy one brilliant individual performance. They have reached the end of the tournament due to the work of the entire team.