Importance – The quality or state of being important; significance Teamwork – Cooperative effort on the part of a group of persons acting together as a team or in the interests of a common cause Definitions provided by Webster’s Dictionary It’s a concept preached to us at a young age. It’s an integral component of the professional world. It’s a practice imperative to various aspects of life. It’s teamwork, and it’s all around us. You’ll notice there is no ‘I’ in the work ‘team’. That cliché acknowledgement emphasizes the importance of a ‘we’ mentality. It is extremely important to be able to work well with others. Teamwork has become increasingly important in the corporate world, with companies seeking the services of ‘team players’. It is commonly believed that the three most appealing employee candidate qualities are as follows:
- Ability to be trained and follow directions
- Solid written and interpersonal communication skills
- Ability to work efficiently with others in a team atmosphere
It’s not about being right. It’s not about appearing more intelligent or skillful than your peers. It’s not about what you can do to improve your professional reputation. It’s about finding the best possible solutions through coaching and collaboration. It’s okay to coach and to be coached. It’s important to give and receive feedback. The ongoing process requires cooperation on both ends. Success requires teamwork. Always remember, the load is lighter when everyone lifts!