Just recently I read this article debating ‘Is it about winning or about taking part’ that really matters? Even though it was discussing about a different approach concerning life, I was really thinking about the subject matter concerning teamwork. Usually with a team, team members or players will thrive for one common goal depending on what kind of team that is. But the team is rarely going to win if team members don’t play and take their parts as they are supposed to. In order to win and succeed, most of the time it takes team efforts.
Mother Theresa said, “You can do what I cannot do. I can do what you cannot do. Together we can do great things.” Helen Keller also said, “Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.”
Ask any leader, especially so called ‘great leaders,’ they will tell the best thing they have done in their positions of authority that has been a major contribution for their success and of their companies, organizations, projects, and their homes was because they have been able to build and work with great teams. Having a great team is the secret to their success.
In fact in one of his interviews, Steve Job’s said one of the secrets to his success was building a great team. But he also said: “Greatest people are self-managing; they don’t need to be managed. Once they know what to do they will figured out how to do it, they don’t need to be managed at all. What they need is a common vision, and that’s what leadership is. Leadership is having a vision and being able to articulate that so that the people around you can understand it, and getting a consciousness on a common vision. We wanted people that are instantly great at what they did.”
Why Steve Job would prefer self-managed over self-directed teams for instance? Wouldn’t both be required in order to succeed as an organization? Continue reading What It Takes to Have High Performance Teamwork