Here are a few quotes about teamwork to help as you are working on the development of your team organization.
- Teamwork is mainly about situational leadership, letting the person with the relevant core competency for a situation take leadership. –Unknown
- The first task of the leader . . . is to focus the group’s vision. Leaders help followers become more conscious of their own needs, values, self-definition, and purposes. Leaders serve their followers instead of the other way around. The act of consciousness raising calls for an unusual level of self-differentiation on the part of the leaders. -Bob Dale, Good News from Great Leaders
- Members develop a group identity, define their roles, clarify their purpose, and establish norms for working together. However, groups tend to be leader-centered; the leader provides direction, assigns tasks, reviews performance, and is the primary focus of communication. – Steve Buchholz, Thomas Roth, and Karen Hess, eds., Creating the High Performance Team
- In effect, you have decided to lead yourself. This commitment allows you to see the opportunity that could be present in leading others. It also allows other to see you as a potential leader. The huge commitment that can be involved in leading is what causes many of us to draw back from it. – Geoffrey M. Bellman, Getting Things Done When You are Not in Charge
- Lack of control over one’s environment is a highly stressful experience. Martin Seligman suggested that when animals and people repeatedly undergo negative experiences over which they have no control, the result is “learned helplessness” and depression. The exposure to uncontrollable events leads to motivational andeffective debilitation . . ., for example [those] subjects who were given unsolvable anagrams later could not solve solvable anagrams, and subjects who were exposed to inescapable noise did not attempt to escape later when escape was possible. People who develop “learned helplessness” do not believe that success is the result of their performance but attribute failure to themselves. They develop low self-esteem and become passive and sad. -Anayal M. Pines, Elliot Aronson, and Ditsa Kafry, Burnout
Because teams are made up of individuals seeking a common goal, the leader should recognize that the process is not much different from the development of a well-trained professional football team.
- Some individuals have never really learned what their assignments are, particularly for certain plays or situations.
- Some are afraid of the coach, so they pretend to know things that they should be asking questions about.
- Some want to do things “the old way,” while others feel that more modern methods are needed.
- Factions and cliques quarrel and fight.
- The whole unit has not come together to develop common goals to which everyone is committed.
- Decisions are made by someone, but some people either do not “get the word” or they disagree silently with the decision and drag their feet.
- Jealousy arises between units who then fail to play together.
- Even when people are aware of a problem, they do not know exactly what to do about it. – William Dyer, Team Building