The ratio of We's to I's is the best indicator of the development of a team.

by Sunanda K. Chavan on Friday 10 June 2011, 12:30 PM | Category: Entrepreneurship| View: 1751 views

Leaders and team building is a common scenario and hence one cannot separate these two iota. Well a leader has to manage whole lot of responsibilities on his small yet powerful shoulders. Speaking about team building, it is a diverse group of individuals with different talents and interests coming together for the good of the entire group. However the responsibility changes as team members become more expert at managing their tasks. Appropriate assignment of responsibility, training of members, define the responsibilities and its parameters as well, design a specific workable plan and use appropriate follow up checks.

Teamwork is a banality that organizational leaders throw around that is killing teamwork in those very same organizations.

Probably too often the reason it doesn't is because the focus is in the wrong place. The focus is on teamwork and that is misguided because

Teamwork doesn't exist.

Teamwork is a myth.

An ideal team may consist of a group of people who are committed to achieving a general objective, fabricate high quality results hence individuals should be given challenge and responsibility that contribute to the team's objectives and match their abilities. 


Each member's outcomes are partially determined by the other members of the team

Goal specification

It is important for the team to have shared goals and to communicate about these


The extent to which team members' skills and abilities mesh together to enable them to perform

Roles and Norms

Every team develops a set of rules (norms) governing their behaviour and also has a number of different roles so that the team can perform the task


Listening, giving feedback and having an effective communication network are all vital for team performance


Teams do not go physically flat, they go mentally stale.

Team members who feel threatened but who are not aware of it become rigid — and that stops teamwork.

Conflict is inevitable in a team ... in fact, to achieve synergistic solutions, a variety of ideas and approaches are needed. These are the ingredients for conflict.

If you want to build a ship, don't drum up people together to collect wood and don't assign those tasks and work, but rather teach them to long for the endless immensity of the sea.


Frequent harms in a team

Incompatible styles of decision-making, your job as team leader is make decisions based on principles rather than personality.

Lack of trust - it is the foundation of collaboration. It takes a leader who is willing to show integrity and take on the hard work of dealing with differences to build trust within a team.


What you can do is

Communicate fruitfully

Do not shy away from making a point but make it in the best way possible clearly, directly, and respectfully.


Teams need players who can take up and recognize ideas without debating every point. Such a team member also can receive criticism without reacting defensively.


Team players show courtesy and consideration to other team members.

Take the initiative to keep other team members informed.

Respond to requests for assistance and take the initiative to offer help.

A flexible team member can consider different points of views and compromise when needed.


Strong team players care about their work, the team, and the team's work. They want to give a good effort, and they want other team members to do the same. Hence understand the need and importance of team and teamwork and enjoy working in a team


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