Have you ever considered how crucially each part of our head relies on the other parts to function properly? For example, a loss of smell will affect the taste buds in our mouth. And loss of hearing can affect our speech and brain. The various parts of the head depend on each other to function properly. The same level of dependency applies to a team: Team members require the cooperation of each individual to work effectively.
In Genership 1.0: Beyond Leadership Toward Liberating the Creative Soul, David Castro talks about the necessity of a team working together. “Excellent teams magnify strengths and help members compensate for each other’s weaknesses. We are not perfect and never will be. But working together, we can strive towards perfection in spite of this reality.”
There are a number of ways team members can strengthen each other. Within the group there are bound to be individuals with diverse skills. To prevent the group from pulling in different directions and weakening, assigning fitting roles to enhance each member’s abilities will build up the team, thereby creating a solid base for unity, reliability and constructive growth. The result is a team that functions consistently like the various parts of a head.
Below is a list of how to strengthen a team, likened to different parts of the head:
The brain: the logical thinker in the group could be the one who helps instigate the best decisions within the team. He or she will have sound problem-solving and critical thinking skills and will therefore be able to come to a sensible conclusion after gathering and studying all available information.
Taking it further will consist of evaluating the reason behind the decision: considering the problem by involving other team members, looking at the implications of the options chosen and finally finding a solution by brainstorming various outcomes, all the while bearing in mind viewpoints of others within the team.
The ears: The person who has the best listening skills could be the negotiator. When we tap into the power of listening properly, we develop our negotiating skills. The negotiator within the team will be adept at discussing significant job-related matters, listening to the advice and needs of other team members and taking action. Moreover, he or she will know when and how to give constructive feedback.
The eyes: the person with an eye for detail could be the one who organizes events or manages projects. Creativity will lend itself to adding an extra special touch so events will be problem-free. Because “the eyes” put in the extra time and effort into noticing the finer details, their input will have a positive effect within the team.
In addition, having this skill is essential for planning ahead and making improvements and adjustments along the way to ensure projects run smoothly.
The mouth: the strongest communicator could be the person who takes the leadership role. Teams need leaders to facilitate meetings, monitor development and deliver feedback to the whole group. Having good communication skills boosts a leader’s performance. Furthermore, an effective narrator will be adept at giving advice, emphasizing, encouraging, listening, sharing innovative ideas and best practices.
However, it’s essential for this person to know how to compromise and encourage mutual agreement from each team member.
Your head houses your senses. Putting these senses to practical work within your team will not only create a unique one, but one that will last and produce happy members—members who will band together, develop together and depend on each other, like the different parts of a head.