By Shade Adehinle

The primary aim of any business is to be successful. In a team oriented environment, you contribute to the overall success of the organization. You work with fellow members of the organization to produce these results. Even though you have a specific job function and you belong to a specific department, you are unified with other organization members to accomplish the overall objective.

There are different individuals with different work habits and experiences; however, if your organization is team oriented, it is very important that you learn how to work with other members of your team. As a team leader, it is pertinent to understand the strengths, weaknesses and abilities of the team member so that tasks are allocated such that the strengths are tapped into.

Teamwork develops your interpersonal skills in coping with conflict, in being a leader, in developing your interdependence and accountability and in developing your sense of self esteem. This aids your personal development and your non-work-related relationships.

To make the most of your experience as a team member, remember to:

• Be active: It is called a team so do not wait for another team member to do all the work

• Share: open communication and information sharing is an essential ingredient for successful and highly performing teams

• Learn to work cooperatively: Work together since you are trying to achieve a common goal and the success of your team will depend on helping each other

• Respect your fellow team members: Be aware that each team member will have unique talents and ways of learning. Not everyone learns by the same process. Be calm and patient with team members

• Use your time productively and effectively. Define clear goals - what needs to get done, by whom and why?

• Expect success - be enthusiastic and positive.

• Meet with your group members regularly.

Teamwork is very imperative for the overall success of a team oriented organization. Are you in one of such organizations? Then get started!!