This is a clever video I came across several months ago that emphasizes the importance of teamwork (demonstrated by crabs, ants and penguins, no less!). If I recall correctly, it is actually excerpted from a series of advertisements for a company that offers group insurance, but I have not been able to verify that. Nevertheless, the underlying message is “Union is strength; it’s smarter to travel in groups”. Take a quick look, and as you’re watching, think about what lessons in teamwork leaders could learn from these.
So what are the lessons here for leaders? Here are the ones I came up with:
- Collectively, teams can accomplish much more than individuals
- When more (all) people buy into the cause, then the seemingly impossible can be achieved
- Teams can be more focused when there is a common “enemy” or goal
- When members of a team are going in the same direction, it’s a lot easier to overcome unexpected obstacles
Well, what do you have to add to the list? Please Comment by replying below.
P.S. This is not the first time I’ve gone to the animal kingdom for inspiration about teamwork and team-building. See these past blog posts: