How to Build Team Spirit?
How do you build team spirit within a business, volunteer group or congregation?
Building a strong team requires a healthy attitude and desire for teamwork development. A strong team requires a commitment of all people involved.
Vince Lombardi once said, “Teamwork is what the Green Bay Packers were all about. They didn’t do it for individual glory. They did it because they loved one another.
A Builder of Team Spirit
Robert Logan, in his book, Beyond Church Growth, shows 5 basic areas how winning coaches cultivate those they lead. Someone who builds team spirit –
- Values each member and their contribution to the team. They recognize that every member is unique and seek to help them recognize their value.
- Recognizes and applauds individual accomplishments. The sharing and recognition of accomplishments are a strong foundation builder for the team.
- Works hard at building the group’s cohesiveness. The goal of this step is to help team members see how they “fit” into the group.
- Seeks to develop a group into supporting one another in difficult challenges as well as rewarding times of success. Learning to deal with the good and the bad is essential.
- Plans regular celebrations for those they lead. Failing to celebrate will erode a team’s spirit of enthusiasm.
King Solomon had this to say about working together in Ecclesiastes 4:9-12:
9 Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor:
10 If either of them falls down,
one can help the other up.
But pity anyone who falls
and has no one to help them up.
11 Also, if two lie down together, they will keep warm.
But how can one keep warm alone?
12 Though one may be overpowered,
two can defend themselves.
A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.
Andrew Carnegie defines healthy teamwork as “the ability to work together toward a common vision. The ability to direct individual accomplishment toward organizational objectives. It is the fuel that allows common people to attain uncommon results.”
How are you doing in building team spirit?
Do you have a good quote or phrase that you use to build your team?
Do you have a suggestion for an additional step in building your team?
Do you celebrate with your team often?
How do you address the challenges of your organization?