There is no doubt that teamwork plays an important role in the success of project management, and it encompasses the entire success of one’s life. A team is a unified system of collaborations that working for a common goal and put maximum effort to achieve desires objects. However, teamwork and combination need several elements for the successful completion of organizational goals. The team comprehends the aims and is loyal to attaining them. This clear direction and agreement on mission and objectives are inevitable for effective teamwork. Team members should have a general mission that is agreed upon and that offers the authority for all that the team tries to do. This team clarity is reinforced when the organization has strong expectations for the team’s goals, work, accountability, and outcomes. As per our old axioms, you can achieve anything if you work together. Similarly, a nation’s development depends on the unity of the people. Hence, unity or teamwork is the hallmark of success, whether it is a project or the life itself.
The importance of teamwork
Teamwork can be best defined as “the process of working together with different set in order to achieve a goal”. It is a collaboration of a group of individuals from different socio-cultural backgrounds in hopes that their collective talents, abilities, competencies, and experiences will provide a more efficient and successful outcome. Teamwork is important to the success of all businesses. To have a successful and lifelong career, you need to work well with others which is why teamwork is so essential in the professional world. Togetherness within the group can help solve difficult tasks. Studies show that if you are in a group situation or collaborate with a group your work efficiency will be mounting up. For instance, a below-average student will do his tasks when he jointly working with a group of student. Similarly, an average football player do his maximum when he inspired by other players.
Free-associating is a good opportunity for the team to exchange ideas and come up with innovative ways of doing things. With this, we can assume that by working together, teams can find the solutions that work best.
Teamwork is supportive. When work is shared up among members of a team, it gets done faster, or one member is lagging behind, there will be another pick up the pieces. The team will develop a sense of we feeling as you work toward a common goal. Organizations need innovative and fresh ideas to succeed in the competitive world. Brainstorming sessions with the group members may lead to new, fresh ideas which may contribute to the overall success of the project or business. You can boost up your morale when you mingling with other people. You’ll sense that your work is valued when you contribute to something that produces results. If your ideas are accepted by the leader, confidence and trust will built-up. By this inspiration, each team member will try for something to contribute. By working together, each individual feels a strong sense of belonging and deep commitment to each other and the common goal.
Teamwork not only benefits the group as a whole, but it also enhances the personal development of the individual involved. Essential elements of teamwork such as communication, delegation, efficiency, ideas and support are exercised and reinforced when working on teamwork projects. Once, the project has been accomplished members of the team can walk away with their improved skills and apply them elsewhere in their work or even personal life.
Key elements of teamwork
1. Effective Communication
Effective verbal or non-verbal communication is the most significant part of teamwork. You have never assumed that everyone has the same information, if you think everybody has same information and knowledge and then why should I make communication with others; these sort of mind-set take away from the exact knowledge. By attending to your co-workers you show them esteem, which is an essential trust-building method. Lack of proper communication between the team members is the major barrier for any project success. So, a team member should try his/her maximum for coping with the group. Collaborating and being open to new ideas are also vital ingredients for a harmonious team environment.
2. Assignment of tasks
Understand the strength and weakness of each member and allocating tasks to the most appropriate team members. So, each member should have observation competencies and clearly assess the qualities of colleagues. One of the benefits of strong teamwork is that team leaders and members are skilful at identifying all aspects of a project and allocating tasks to the exact team members.
A strong team can efficiently complete tasks in a timely manner because they know each other and organize themselves to get the project objectives. By working together, members will be aware of their own abilities and capacities of the group in general and can schedule the workload accordingly.
As we discussed above, teamwork will give new ideas and fresh thoughts. When a team works well together, members feel more convenient to offer suggestions and ideas. A respectful and trusting team environment will not only enable members to think more creatively but will lead to more productive and unified discussions.
Teamwork is supportive to its members, so a member can easily overcome the challenges that they have faced during project work. They can help each other improve their own performance as well as working together for improving their personal and professional development. When we unite together, it is easy to face challenges and risks. Back support from the team makes each member more productive and trustful.
6. Sufficient training
Project success depends on training and how you have mastered the members with proper training. If you use project management software’s, training is compulsory.
In order to achieve project goals, strong teamwork is essential. Besides, for teamwork to be achieved there has to be great leadership in command. Because a leader is an inevitable part of group life. For instance, we can see leaderships in the animal kingdom and even the life of insects. Animals like elephant and bison can’t move forward without their leaders. So, every social being needs a leader. Teamwork can’t work without someone guiding the group. The part that a project manager plays is that of a leader’s; to give support members, instruct the team, lead the team, facilitate the activity, ensure communication and collaboration is on point.