Interstates employees have recently participated in a book study on Extreme Ownership by Jocko Willink and Leif Babin. I am excited about the leadership themes in this book and the buzz it has created. Teamwork is one of those themes. I’d like to challenge you to consider what good teamwork looks like and the roles you play in the various teams with which you work.
To start, let’s look at Dictonary.com’s definition of teamwork: “Cooperative or coordinated effort on the part of a group of persons acting together as a team or in the interests of a common cause.” To act together, we must understand our common purpose. The team vision needs to be clearly communicated to each team member. When you know the “why” behind what you are doing, it drives your work to help the team reach the common goal.
In The Advantage, Patrick Lencioni talks about a team being an intentional decision. To be cohesive and effective as a team, you choose to work as a team. You see the big picture, not just your own point of view. A strong team works together, trusts each other, and depends upon each other. The ultimate team goal is always top of mind.
As you strive for success with your team, keep in mind that success happens when we all work together for the common good of the project. On any team, the sum is far greater than the parts. Success in never the result of a single member of the team. Success happens as a team.
So, what is your role in any given team you are on? Supporting the common goal is always the priority. Be a servant leader and a good communicator. Refocus the team when you get off course. When you keep the overall project goal in your mind and in front of your team, you will likely be on the right path for success.
Doug Post, President, Engineering