Why is Team Work Important?

My thoughts, as someone who has supported all types of teams, at varying stages in the team life cycle.

I really believe you are only as good as the team you lead.

Whether you are building a team from the ground up or are leading an existing team, we are all part of a team. Whether that’s a work team, sporting team, community group or project team.

We can’t just grab a group of people off the street and say “Hey let’s be a team” and expect them to perform. A team is not (and should not be) a group of people that are an extension of you and your ideals as a leader. They are a group of individuals with their own beliefs, values, traits, work styles, strengths, weaknesses and experiences. Recognising and respecting this is a great starting point. 

It’s important to remember that team culture and mindset strongly influence the behaviour, effectiveness and performance of the individuals who form a team. Your role as a leader is to create an engaging culture and environment in which they can thrive together and achieve success.

But why is teamwork important?

The simple answer is that it can be the success or failure of many organisations! For those who get it right, it becomes their competitive advantage over others trying to do the same thing. 

The benefits of teamwork are well documented: 

  • Improved performance.
  • Improved effectiveness.
  • Improved efficiency.
  • Increased morale & job satisfaction.
  • Unity of purpose.
  • Improved communication.
  • Innovative thinking.
  • Improved decision making and speed in getting things done.
  • Increased loyalty to an organisation.

It makes sense that teamwork is a high priority.

The irony is everyone believes in teamwork, leaders passionately preach the importance of teamwork and an abundance of research supports the value of teamwork. Though, most organisations do little if anything to build teamwork.

Leading from the inside

All leaders should be trained in developing high-performance teams.

Organisational cultures, designs, priorities, pressures and rewards often discourage teamwork. True leadership requires a complex set of skills that overcome these challenges and instead, drive wellbeing and performance across entire organisations. There are certainly excellent examples of teamwork in some organisations, however, excelling at teamwork is definitely not the norm. Most need skilful support to foster it and this is where Teams on Purpose can asisst.

Our team development support, works by allowing all in a team to ‘try on’ leadership roles and see their other members doing the same. We create opportunities for teams to flex their communication and active listening skills, as well as sharpening problem-solving capabilities, strategy and decision-making. The net result is a renewed sense of motivation, focus and belonging. We know that theory is no good without action, which is why, unlike many leadership providers, our consultants take a distinct coaching and facilitator role. Rather than lecturing your leaders and team, we encourage them to explore and self-reflect using hands-on activities, discussion and real-life/mock scenarios: so that the learnings go deep and can be applied in a practical way.

If you would like to explore how Teams on Purpose could support your team please contact us.