According to the Harvard Business Review, “Teaming is now seen as the workplace equivalent of motherhood and apple pie – invariably good.” Business leaders often ask themselves if they are guiding a high-performing team or just a high-performing group of individuals. Teamwork is more than a pack of experts working harmoniously with each other. Achieving effective collaboration is challenging. Working in teams is the instinctive and natural state of humanity since most humans are social beings. However, factors such as self-protection and self-promotion often derive productivity, and self-interest becomes overpowering. This should not discourage business leaders from nurturing teamwork in an organization. Rather than having a group of high-level managers dictating every rule and direction, teamwork is more effective and leads to long-term success.
Teamwork relies significantly on trust. When team members work efficiently together, there is a lot of open communication which builds strong relationships. People feel encouraged to discuss both company values and personal anecdotes to bond with each other. This increases a level of empathy amongst team members and enables them to share honest opinions, rather than harbor resentment, which reflects negatively on their work.
When team members have a trustworthy and respectful connection, they work in sync and enjoy doing projects together. A dull day at the office becomes more enjoyable, which motivates people and enhances their level of creativity. Instead of sitting in isolated cubicles, team members cohesively conduct brainstorming sessions in meeting rooms. They decorate whiteboards with colorful post-it notes and put a lot of effort into coming up with ideas that can significantly benefit the company. Even without scheduled meetings, workers can discuss thoughts and ideas amongst themselves because they have a cohesive bond and level of comfort to do so. They become more enthusiastic about their job rather than dreading coming into work daily while feeling unproductive.
The power of a team exponentially increases with openness and diversity. Working with people from varying cultures, ages, and skill sets provides unique perspectives when it comes to completing demanding tasks. Instead of tackling problems on an individual level, people can bounce ideas and exchange diverse knowledge with each other to overcome any obstacle.
The most successful teams involve every member in developing actionable answers and ideas that help businesses grow. Collaboration and teamwork are stronger than any individual. People combine their strengths, knowledge, personalities, and skills to benefit an organization. Without participation, there is a lack of open communication, empathy, and trust. If business leaders do not try to nurture dominant high-performing teams in their organizations, they may as well be baking a recipe for corporate failure.