Where Do You Start to Build Team Spirit?
Team spirit? How do you build it 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.
Robert Logan, in his book, Beyond Church Growth, shows 5 basic areas how winning coaches cultivate team spirit.
A Builder of 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.
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 as a Team Leader 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?