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Being part of a team is more important than leading it." Discuss.

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´╗┐Title: Being Part of a team is more important than leading it By: Priyanka Pattekar Class: Team Skills Cohort ? Monthly EMBA Chokra Word Count :1887 ( Excluding Bibliography) ________________ Being part of a team is more important than leading it." Discuss. Author William Nippard on teamwork states that ?more than 80% of fortune 500 companies subscribe to teamwork. Teamwork brings success no matter how you define victory.?[1] Teamwork is about a group of people working towards a common objective in a mutually agreeable manner. Being part of team can be a highly rewarding and can help both the individual and the team with increases in individual and organizational creativity, innovation and synergy. A leader whilst definitely plays a role in the team?s outcome cannot take advantage of these factors to the same extent that a team member can. These ?team? rewards as well as personal rewards such as self-development and organistational effectiveness are key reasons that being part of the team is more important than leading. Being part of the team can increase personal creativity and learning new skills and help to deliver any output. In today?s complex business environment, teams are an essential mechanism for delivering any output from building a car to deploying an IT system. Teamwork provides a climate of collaboration such as that ideas can be shared and a common ground established to deliver the required objective. ...read more.


Aside from the personal growth in the individual?s abilities and experiences, organizations can also benefit in the increased skills of their employees. Using a team as a learning mechanism allows a person a person to learn without fear of failure as mistakes and concerns can be openly discussed. Further to the increased learning benefits, deep specialist skills can also be further developed. In some areas such as Medicine or scientific research being a leader of a team may not allow that person to participate in the output in a direct manner. However a team member can participate and increase a very specific set of skills that will help the individual in their area of expertise and perhaps the organization as well. Where an individual wants to purse deep technical skills in an area of expertise, being the leader does not present any benefits. Being part of a team also provides increased motivation, Kreitner has defined motivation as ?the psychological process that gives behavior purpose and direction.? [5] Increased motivation is what gets people up in the morning and deliver 110%. A team offers individuals the opportunity to work with other talented people which can be inspirational. This further adds to their own creativity and be more productivity. Working in a team is a mechanism used to deliver output in a more efficient manner as group spirit can motivate individuals to help stick to each other and help achieve organisation goals. ...read more.


This evolution leaves a mark on each team member throughout the process , the stages develops social skills and deep bonding within the team members , benefits of which can be used further down the road individually by the members. For e.g. conflict generated initially in the forming and storming stag can help teams work towards goals through healthy debate on the decision in question. Debating the issue helps the team reduce conformity and unhealthy agreement, solve problems better and overcome obstacles to group progress. It also helps teams achieve goals outside the box through continuous feedback from both internal and external sources. This can help. The norming and performing stages act further act as a positive reinforcement with increased harmony and bonding through the group. Team oriented approach is the order of the day when it comes to successful organisations who have empowered their employees, motivated them and involved them in such a way that the existence of the organisation wouldn't have been possible without the existence of teams. Being in a team is a rewarding experience much more than leading it. Shared Accountability, enhanced Problem solving, increased creativity, innovation and shared vision are some of the key benefits. Further to that important factors such as personal growth, increased motivation as well as friendships that develop are reasons why being in a team is more important than leading it. ...read more.

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