Teamwork is a collaborative effort put together by a group of people or intellectuals to achieve a common goal. It is a panache that enables a group of people to get the job done easily and faster with accuracy. The importance of teamwork in any organisation can’t be over-emphasized. Teamwork makes everyone to be productive and contribute immensely. Shade Webhe said, “The ability to simultaneously perform as an individual and together with your colleagues or employees in effective teamwork is key to attaining growth and success.” The essence of teamwork is to build a solid organization and improve employees’ performance.
Martin Luther King Jr. said, “Everyone is caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly. I can never be what I ought to be until you are what you ought to be, and you can never be what you ought to be until I am what I ought to be…” This is the inter-related structure of teamwork. Organisations should promote teamwork and train their employees for optimal performance.
Five Important Benefits Of Teamwork:
1. Teamwork creates an atmosphere of knowledge acquisition. This will help your team members to acquire something different.
2. Teamwork improves problem-solving. This will enable the group to put heads together and solve problems. As the saying goes, “Two heads are better than one head.”
3. Teamwork creates a healthy environment where individual can thrive since there is unity and love.
4. Teamwork motivates members of your staff.
5. Teamwork increases productivity.
To increase productivity and improve performance among team members, we apply this teamwork concept at my place of work:
1. Apply Teamwork. From Monday to Wednesday, we work as a team since we have a lot of projects to execute during this period. This will enable my supervisor, Mr. Fabiyi Olatunbosun (Toyota Certified D. M. T.) to assess the performance of the whole team members. It will enable other weak members to learn very fast and build their capabilities.
2. Do It Yourself. This will enable my supervisor, Mr. Fabiyi Olatunbosun (Toyota Certified D. M. T.) to know how far you can execute the job without supervision. This is done from Thursday to Friday since we don’t always have a lot of projects. It is an assessment period of your capability as an individual. From here, my supervisor will be able to know your weaknesses and encourage you to work on them. But if there are, we will still work as a team.
An effective team is a group of people that work together, trust, respect, love, share ideas, value and support each other to achieve a common goal. Aruosa Osemwegie GPHR, SPHR said, “We don’t need the best people to do the job, we need the best teams.” Assemble the best teams and they will get the job done for you. In an effective team, great ideas are emanated and mistakes are easily noticed and corrected.
Factors that trigger performance in an effective team are:
1. Effective leader with a vision
6. Love and
7. The ability to share ideas.
Thomas Edison alone wouldn’t have been able to invent the light bulb without his team of hard-working researchers and their abilities. He assembled his team and together they’re able to invent the light bulb. This implies that there is a great reward when you have best teams. Greg Satell presents to us through his article that best teams trump best people any day.
Responsibilities of a Leader in an effective team are:
1. Love your team
2. Respect your team
3. Appreciate your team
4. Celebrate your team especially birthdays and when the job is being done.
5. Motivate your team
6. Encourage your team
7. Don’t look down on any member of your team.
8. Train your team.
Today, the corporate world is competitive and technologically driven by people with innovative ideas. The centre of your business should be CUSTOMER SATISFACTION and HAPPINESS driven by EFFECTIVE TEAMS and they are your greatest ASSETS not PROFIT. My Mentor, Engr. Ayodeji Onabanjo said, “Acknowledging That Together Everyone Achieves More (TEAM) is sacrosanct for the attainment of team and group goals. Being good collaborators, the arithmetic sum of your of our efforts will yield geometric growth and thrust for excellence.” In teamwork, there is no “I did it”… It’s “We did it”
Whatever affects your team as a leader, affects all directly or indirectly. When you build an effective team as a leader; there won’t be a lacuna incase a member of your team is not available. Leaders that develop an effective team have two things: Possess a lot of emotional intelligence and a clear vision with a prescience mindset. The success of any organisation is sustained by an effective team driven by leaders with vision.
Michael Lelecy Yahaya is a Mechanical Engineer and currently works in Abuja. He is passionate about teamwork, good governance and industrialisation.