As said by Phil Jackson, “the strength of the team is each member. The strength of each member is the team.” This actually stands true theoretically as well as practically for every squad.
It becomes arduous for your team to work and achieve the goal when all the team members subconsciously know that there is a loss in the symbiosis and synergy within their team.
A team starts lacking the strong teamwork or the bond because of several factors:
Blindly believing what a team member is saying just because you have a strong unified bond and then following that without even thinking about its pros and cons can be harmful for any group.
Well, as it is popularly said that excess of anything is bad, similarly is the case with the teams. If the team members feel that they should have more conformity and unity then, this also results in poor performance. The reason being, when there is a close bonding (like that of a family) within a team, it becomes difficult to deny what the other person is saying and the minds of the members kind of get blocked as they do not welcome new ideas.
In the pursuit of unity, there comes a restriction and unwillingness to consider new ideas or the alternatives.
How is any team identified? It is identified by the following:
All these account for the identification of any team.
A team should be comfortable enough to display camaraderie. Team identity verbally means that the team members share the same mindset for achieving the organisational goal keeping in mind that they share a bond too. To achieve success the team members should undertake the respective responsibilities assigned to each one of them.
Usually the absence in team identity starts to enter within a team when there is a conflict or misbalance between the personal goals and the organisational goals. When there is a lack in commitment and the efforts are put in less, there is an absence in team identity.
The team should always stand united and together.
There are members who stay too quiet in some discussions, there are some that over talk during the discussions. Poor communication leads to misunderstandings in the team which gradually turns into inefficiencies and conflicts.
The team needs to understand that the idea of every member is important and must listen carefully to everyone. Poor communication sows the seeds for back-biting and situations where everyone starts nodding their heads even if they do not understand what the other person is trying to deliver.
This definitely in turn results in poor work completion and becomes a reason for conflicts in the team.
Kenneth Kaye said, “If we manage conflict constructively, we harness its energy for creativity and development”.
Solving the conflicts is indeed a tough task because one needs the skills to do so. The conflicts should be resolved in such a manner that the team members do not feel ignored on their thought process.
It depends on the leader how nicely he/ she resolves the conflict amongst the team members because it may happen at times that the conflicts escalate to a higher level.
It is said that in the middle of difficulty lies an opportunity too. If the leader or the manager manages it effectively he/ she can even take out positive results from the conflict and help resolve them too.
Each and every team member should be aware about their respective roles and responsibilities. They should be clear about the tasks they are assigned in the team.
If they are unclear with their roles and responsibilities then they won’t be able to complete the team’s task effectively and in a timely way.
Assigning the roles properly to the team members is the task of the team leader and it is his/ her duty. Leader should make sure that every member is assigned work as per their calibre and strengths. And that everyone is clear with the work assigned to them respectively.
Problems are not stop signs, they are guidelines. Every team will face problems and will have to come up with the solutions and get out of the web of problems. This cannot be done individually.
A team’s problem is needed to be solved within a team itself.
Been there (in a team) done that (overcome the problems and give the best results) should be the motto of any team.