The Importance of ‘I’ in Team

We’ve all heard motivational speakers tout the fact that there is no “I” in team. The clever wordplay suggests that for teams to be effective, they must shun individual egos in favor of advancing the mission of the team. The author generally concurs with this generalization, but also offers an important caveat.

The risk in working as a team is that an individual’s contribution can be potentially minimized. We all know that it is up to a team leader to bring out the best in each team member. The important question to ask, however, is: “How does a leader ensure that team members are comfortable, secure and motivated to contribute their best thinking to the team?”