Everyone has heard the cliché, “Teamwork makes the dream work.” I believe the saying is true. There are so many situations in life where you must work as part of a team. When you are competing in a team sport, no matter how good your solo efforts may be, a team is needed to handle the challenge. In any situation, a good team can make or break the mission. Another famous quote about teamwork is that “many hands make light work. With team work of any kind, it is important to have the best team possible and to select the best team leader possible. When you have a team, you have others you can lean on, others you can depend on and who depend on you. It means you are not alone and that there will be others to help you reach your dreams.
Sometimes we get to pick our teams and sometimes we have to work with what we’ve got. When you pick your own team, it is important to pick team members who are conscientious, loyal and trustworthy. Other important factors in selecting a team include intelligence, education, and ability. Additionally, make sure your team members have spunk and are not easily punked or bullied by a challenge. When you are given a team and have to make that team work, it is important to take steps to judge the talent, abilities, intelligence and risk tolerance of the people who have become your team. You will need to act quickly match talent with the tasks to be done so that you can move forward and meet deadlines.
It is also important to have a good person in charge of your team. If you are a person who is capable of leading, have experience as a leader, and can handle the burden of leadership, it is good for you to lead your team whenever possible. However, it must be noted that there are times when you should not lead the team but should select someone else. If the team members have a strong preference for another person and would not respond positively to your leadership, you must select another leader. If you do not possess the ability, education or experience to effectively lead your team, the intelligent thing to do is select another person to handle the leadership duties.
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