Teamwork makes the dream work. The old adage has turned into a cliche and is primarily utilized for sarcasm at this point, but its premise still holds true. In most situations, working as a cohesive team will push you further towards (and even past) your goals and ambitions than working alone. It’s nice to use these played-out sayings that poetically express how important teamwork is, but what’s missing for many of us is truly understanding what it means to be a team player. There are many elements of teamwork to take into account when assessing your ability to be an individual within a team. It's even more relevant when you're a manager leading a team.
How to encourage great teamwork:
Creating great teamwork doesn’t just happen overnight. It takes a concentrated and consistent effort. Venturing into the unknown as a cohesive unit helps gain insight into what you and your teams are capable of. Forming productive habits that benefit team chemistry and the company as a whole ensures that the change you wish to see will last. Last but not least, assigning meaningful goals to each team and team member reminds them why they are there in the first place while giving them more confidence and an opportunity to showcase the height of their potential. So what are you waiting for? The best time to start was yesterday, but the next best time is right now.