The human body has many parts, but the many parts make up one whole body. So it is with the body of Christ. Some of us are Jews, some are Gentiles, some are slaves, and some are free. But we have all been baptized into one body by one Spirit, and we all share the same Spirit. ~1 Corinthians 12:12-13 (NLT)
The structure of a team can set the tone for the fluidity of that team. If everyone is operating in their respective roles and doing their part, it all comes together for the good of the team. Setting expectations and identifying individual responsibilities that support the team helps keep the entire team moving individually in unison towards the common goals of the team. Clearly defined roles keep the team organized and maximizing their assigned areas of responsibility. A structured team is a team with defined roles to help with the cohesion of the team.
The support of the team members for one another builds a team of strength, power, and confidence. When the team provides support individually and collectively, the team will always take up for the team, stand for the team, and speak on behalf of the team, even if part of the naysaying is true. Team support doesn’t make excuses, but softens the negative perspectives, and then takes the information back to the team for discussion on how to make it better. Team support encourages the team through weaknesses (aka opportunities) and celebrates team strengths for cohesion that is not superficial.
The stamina of the team comes from unification and relationship building of trust and understanding. A team that can finish one another’s thoughts has a good relationship foundation that helps with team cohesion. Cross training also encourages cohesion by providing adequate and effective breaks to keep the momentum of the team overall. Resilience of a team covers one another even when the team is tired or fatigued, they muster up the energy to keep the team going. Team stamina is the secret sauce to the success of a team as a whole as it embodies team and leaves “I” out.
Call To Action:
Does your team structure reflect the team’s vision?
How are you encouraging support and relationships beyond the projects and assignments?
At a minimum, have the critical roles on your team gone through cross training?