Fostering Team Spirit
Does your team have a “whatever it takes” attitude? How does your team foster team spirit?
One of the most damaging expressions in a team environment is the phrase "That’s not my job,” or “That’s not my area of responsibility." Thankfully, I have never heard these words spoken at Grace Community Church. Sadly, however, it is far too common in organizations that claim to foster a "team" environment. Frequently, I talk with people who feel they are on an island unto themselves within the organization. No one ever helps them think through a problem, recruit volunteers for their area, or lend them a hand during crunch times.
While I agree with the modern concepts of job specialization, working from one’s strengths, and having clear expectations of responsibilities—the very concept of a "team" is one of shared resources and shared responsibilities. For a team to thrive, its members must be willing to do whatever it takes to accomplish the team's mission.
Team leaders must foster a spirit of cooperation within the team. Leading by example, team leaders demonstrate this concept best by willingly participating in whatever is necessary to help the team succeed, even if a particular task is way out of their comfort level or interest.
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