“Many times a day I realize how much my outer and inner life is built upon the labours of my fellow men, both living and dead, and how earnestly I must exert myself in order to give in return as much as l have received. (Albert Einstein)

Albeit Einstein was a great physicist of his time, with lasting contributions that he made to modern civilization but he still maintained that we are all a result of the contributions of others. Working together is a realization that alone there is nothing much we can do. A lone ranger only achieves so little. Nothing much has ever been achieved by an individual pulling the wagon on their own. Great teams know the importance of completing and complementing each other. In as much as competition within a team can help in inspiring each other for the best, such competition should never be done to the total detriment of the team.

The fact that the work at hand requires a team is proof enough of the need to complete and be there for others in as much as they will be there for you. Fingers on the hand are what competes the hand. Something is amiss when there are less than five fingers. Equally so, if all the fingers were of the same size, some work cannot be done as the index finger has specific assignments it can execute which cannot be accomplished by the thumb. Differences in strengths and weaknesses point to the need to stand in for each other in the quest to generate the solutions required. The skills of one team member are best balanced by those of another. This is the essence of completing and complementing each other. A single member cannot be a team.

As great a footballer that the legendary Pele was, he still acknowledged that one man could not make up a team. Being a visionary doesn’t not make you the team in as much as a key player will never constitute the whole team. The most talented player in a team can only have their skill fully blossom in the presence of other players.

We have long been taught that no man is an island. With the world becoming the global household that it has been reduced to, the need for teamwork is increasing by the day. One remains too small a number to achieve greatness.

Noah Mangwarara is a Leadership Coach; Strategy & Conference Facilitator; Motivational Speaker; Team Biuilding & Executive Coach with footprints of positive impact across the continent.

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