This post was most recently updated on December 22nd, 2018
We all love Hollywood and we watch movies every now and then, but some movies leave an imperishable impression on our minds by teaching us a worthy lesson. One such movie that outperformed many others in relaying the importance of teamwork and the true value of leadership, in my experience, was none other than 300.
King Leonidas led 300 Spartans against a million Persians for days because they were strong, well-trained and powerful. Have they be able to achieve what they achieved in those days if they became myriads of a strength of their own and walked an individual path! The movie showed that they were destined to unite and work in coherence to take down the enemy. But, here’s the thing, if you see the combat mode of the 300 Spartan in the movie, you will realize that they attack the enemy in successions.
And that’s what made them increasingly powerful and strong, so strong that none could ever pierce through their shields of Sparta and break their ranks down!
But we often ponder at the very thought on what made these Spartans so confident and brutal? Although these men were highly trained to go into battle, one lesson they were strongly educated upon was teamwork can help them overthrow any obstacle that comes into their path.
Great Benefits of Teamwork That Create Powerful Teams
Don’t we all just want to be like Leonidas at our workplace? Don’t you want to lead a team that trusts each other and has faith among themselves so strong that they could achieve anything?
Here are some life-changing lessons that can help you understand what competent teams do differently and win like Spartans every now and then.
Strong Teams Don’t Panic
When things aren’t working your way, all you have to do is accept the fact that this is not meant to be your day. Maybe, your agitation can lead your team astray and make them more frustrated than you already are. If the tides are against you, set the sails in the direction of the wind, let your boat sway in the midst of the ocean.
Have you ever seen pirates trapped in sea storms in the oceans, they are always cackling their breath away by challenging the tides or whatever comes their way. It gives hope to the crew and gives them the confidence they need to battle the storm. Even if it’s the wrath of God, they just won’t sway.
If you ever see an uneasiness growing within your team, lighten the mood up by becoming proactive and reset them by taking them outside the work environments. Give them a chance to take a breather and then help them recompose themselves. You don’t want them to reach the level where they lose all their motivation, inspiration and focus.
Keep them calm and it will help them to anticipate the unexpected. Who knows maybe next time when they find themselves in a pickle, they just might find a way out of it.
Strong Teams Always Move Forward
Competitive corporate environments are political and toxic. If you let your teammates put their guard down, they can easily fall victim to it. One thing you need to make sure of is that whatever happens, you make sure that your team always move forward. And, the only way of doing it is by educating them to cancel out the external noise and keep their head in the game.
Teams that are proficient in performance are extremely elastic and are all prepped up for any sudden change in the processes. They do not allow changes to disrupt their mental mindset; in fact, they keep it away from their focus set towards execution.
Strong leaders know everything about their team and they value it. Therefore, they make sure that their individuals spend more time in doing what they do best. It empowers the team to unleash a passion pursuit which is more likely inclined at delivering results by overcoming every adversity.
Strong Teams Trust Each Other
If your teammates value what every member brings to the table, it shows that they have faith in each other. It is a value proposition that don’t come easy as more employees are yet, figureless to reach a conclusion as per where they belong to. However, teams which are based on trust always watch each other’s back.
Some of the best selling authors including Patrick Lencioni connects trust with productive teamwork in his book, The 5 Dysfunctions of a Team. But, he is not the only that has brewed that connection… Stephen R. Covey of the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People introduced another perception by linking trust to credibility in his book The Speed of Trust. Also, Yoram Solomon, in his book Un-kill Creativity links team creativity to trust and respect.
Great teams hold a sense of humility for each other and their team success highly depends on how they endorse their support for one another. It’s what makes them so special, after all!
Strong Teams Adjust to Each Other’s Strength
If you spend more time with your family, you realize that they have certain flaws and certain strengths. How do you make things work when you find yourself in a real-life adversity, you allow them to move on their own so they can put their strengths to test? It’s pretty much how everywhere works! Whether you are in a corporate environment or a personal one, you can only become a great team if your teammates recognize the strengths of each other and let them play along on their own accord.
Your end-goal is to achieve the conclusion successfully and generate a productive outcome. And for that, you need to keep every member aligned to the strength of the other. One of the best traits about a strong leader is that it builds the foundation of its team on members who recognize the strength of each other. It’s one of the reasons why you often find some team members always changing the course of their activities in order to gain the best resulting outcome of a situation. It’s how they have fine-tuned themselves to be.
If you want your executions to be flawless and if you want them to result in creating results that far outweigh any competitors within your corporate block, it’s time you build a team that gets the world talking. Always remember, great teams are a by-product of a great leader; Leaders such as the Leonidas, Alexander the Great, Marcus Aurelius Maximus, Julius Caesar and Prophet Muhammad.
So that’s all folks, I hope you enjoyed this read. It is time we move on to the next; stay tuned for more.