For a long period of time, we have celebrated the individual achieving great things. It could be a successful entrepreneur. Or a successful actor. Or the first person to walk on the moon. But, the one thing that has helped each of them become successful was working with a team. Idowu Konyenkian, author of All You Need is Ball, says it best. “He who masters the power formed by a group of working together has within his grasp one of the greatest powers known to man.” This means that anyone who works independently can produce average results. When they work as part of a team, they can achieve great success.
Teams offer a multitude of benefits that can boost your career and well being. From making the workplace a fun space to increasing productivity around, let’s dive in and see how important teams really are.
1. Boosts productivity
When you work by yourself, you set your own goals. Sometimes you struggle to fulfill them because there are no deadlines. This lack of accountability will lead to lower levels of productivity subconsciously. A team holds you accountable on some deadlines to stay focused.
According to John Di Lemme, “Accountability separates the wishers in life from the action-takers that care enough about their future to account for their daily actions.” The team provides a sense of ownership for you that can enable you to take initiative that can help you accomplish your goals. Your level of productivity goes up.
The exchange of ideas in a team can foster different ways of solving a problem. It can engage your mind in ways that you would be unable to think about.
2. Focus on your strengths
Not everybody is good at everything. If you are good at programming, the best thing you can do is focus on programming, but leave managing, marketing, accounting, etc to someone who is best at that.
According to former basketball star, Phil Jackson, “The strength of the team is each individual member. The strength of each member is the team.” The best results come when one person is focused on their responsibility for the team.
You and the others will be more productive. Strong results emerge from this dynamic as there are way too many complex tasks that one person can do all by themselves.
By focusing on your strengths, you are able to treat your team members with respect based on their strengths. This can lead to great synergy between team members.
3. Makes Work Fun
When you are working alone, do you find the work interesting or boring? If it is boring, then having several people work with you can make it more fun and interesting.
The team members can provide fun ways to work together as a team. These include playing games such as Scavenger Hunts and Trivia-based questions, having meals, and many others. Having a team that can have fun with you can help boost your motivation to work on your project.
The comedian Amy Poehler once said, “Find a group of people who challenge and inspire you, spend a lot of time and it will change your life.” When you and your team make work fun amongst each other, great results emerge.