We’ve all heard it said, “There is no “I” in team”. But contrary to the popular sports cliche…there is an “I” in team.
Teams are made up of individuals. Each individual brings with them different strengths, talents, and abilities.
When a coach or leader can leverage each persons talents for the good of the team…great things can be accomplished and everyone wins. On healthy teams, each individual’s ability is exponentially raised with the help of their teammates.
On the other hand, one bad apple on a top notch team can spoil the entire bunch. It’s very hard for a team to consistently perform at a level higher than the least talented team member. When someone in the locker room or office only cares about themselves, the entire team suffers. If one individual isn’t pursuing the same goal as the team, the team becomes ineffective.
My bottom line is this: it takes all the I’s working together toward the same goal to make an effective team.