What is the instrument of sustainable and enduring success in the workplace? Is it the individual or the team?
Over decades, the search for successful management has meant the search for the right individual - qualifications, experience, achievement, strengths and weaknesses. And we know the 'ideal' individual for a given job cannot be found. Take a look at the qualities listed for any good manager and you will see why this is so.. many of the qualities we expect are mutually exclusive. Example: Highly intelligent and practical, forceful and sensitive to people's feelings, fluent communicator and a good listener, decisive and reflective. And if you do find someone that fits the bill, he or she must indeed be a rare diamond.
While no individual can combine all these qualities, a team of individuals certainly can, and often does. And, the whole team is not likely to get run over or leave simultaneously. This is why teams and not individuals are instruments of sustainable and enduring success in the workplace.
As individual members move on, teams can renew and rejuvenate themselves by induction of new members. A team can find within itself all those conflicting characteristics that an individual will find impossible to hold within oneself. Teams can be repositories of shared and collectively owned experience. And as incumbents leave and new people come in, this repository continues to evolve.
What's more.. Effective teams respond to change faster, are more agile, and they make for a flatter Organization structure.
Nobody is perfect but a team can be. There is ample testimony to the virtue of teams in all walks of life.
Selecting a team, building a team and nurturing a team is serious work. How to make it happen? Is there a method to it? If these questions interest you, you are in the right place. Read on..