The most successful companies, organisations and groups have one thing in common–the ability to drop individual differences and work as a ‘team’. Teamwork is the most essential ingredient that takes groups to achieve various goals in spite of the ups and downs.
The leader may be talented and capable as an individual, but he cannot achieve the goals without the help of an efficient team. As one goes up the management ladder, the leader realises that, the most important role of a captain is to ‘lead’ a good team. He needs to delegate and share his responsibilities with other efficient team members. Apart from his own performance, he needs to play the role of a strategist.
Kautilya warns the leaders, who think they can manage on their own, without the help of others. “Rulership can be successfully carried out (only) with the help of associates. One wheel alone does not turn. Therefore, he should appoint ministers and listen to their opinion” (1.7.9)
Good generals have good lieutenants. Good CEOs have good managers. They complement each other. As the vehicle cannot run with one wheel, similarly CEO cannot perform without good mangers.
There are a lot hidden benefits of good teamwork:
No one is indispensable
Too much dependency on one person is very dangerous. However, if we have a good team his absence is covered up by another talented or skilled person. It not only takes out dependency but also keeps everyone on their toes to perform well.
Individual weakness is covered up
Everyone makes mistakes. But they are just taken up as learning steps. Other team members perform their best to cover up the loss. At the end, the “total result” matters not individual achievements.