Baldwin, Bommer and Rubin (2013) suggest that the best teams consist of people who truly participate to their full ability, leaving little need for control by a single person. Having multiple people all focused on the same goal also generates higher work productivity, innovation and creativity. When teams don’t have a dictator and everyone executes to their full ability while demonstrating the willing to hear each other’s ideas, that group can become a powerful force.
An incredibly intriguing characteristic of some successful teams is that of synergy, and the realism that sometimes a group of less talented individuals and come together and well outperform one person who is seen as well above their peers. In the sports industry we commonly see superstar filled teams not reach the championship game or series because of a lack of chemistry, while less talented teams find success when things come together. Drew Brees, the quarterback of the New Orleans Saints, in my opinion, is one of the best leaders in the National Football League. I say this not because of his athletic ability or multiple records, but because of his humility. When praised Drew always gives credit to his coaches, team, and family. Although not as athletic or talented as many other quarterbacks in the league, the Saints have been successful because a team full of players is led by a leader who is unselfish and fosters an environment of togetherness.
Gods word specifically teaches us about teams in reference to the body of Christ which is the church. He tells us that (1 Corinthians 12) But as it is, God arranged the members in the body, each one of them, as he chose. If all were a single member, where would the body be? As it is, there are many parts, yet one body. The body (or team) of the church is instructed by God to understand that we are the hands and feet, all working together as God has arranged the members of the body. Strength comes from working together to accomplish a single goal in the absence of selfishness. I’m thankful to be a part of a local church that represents this type of team building. When hurricane Florence struck the eastern coast of North Carolina it was incredible to see the hands and feet of Christ manifest itself into the Church body to provide disaster relief in such unselfish ways.
Baldwin, T., Bommer, B. & Rubin, R. (2013). Managing organizational behavior: What great managers know and do( 2nd ed.). New York, NY: McGraw Hill-Irwin.
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