By Diego Nascimento

I recently made a boat trip to visit a protected forest area; the only form of access was through a broad and deep river. In addition to the safety equipment available on the vessel there was sonar that displayed in detail the movement of anything that was submerged. I was perplexed to see the high number of schools of fish that moved under us performing a series of synchronized swimming cadences. Although I was not actually diving, that equipment gave a clear view of the number of fish that were in that region and, in addition, it brought the confirmation that even nature has practical examples of the teamwork.

Without a doubt, biology has studies that detail the effects of schools for the survival of certain marine communities. Applying this principle to the daily professional life, we can reflect on what is our role in the “school”. Does our team work together in the pursuit of good results for the company? Or are there those who insist on isolating themselves from the group’s efforts under the excuse of “I work alone”…? Imagine what would be the outcome of certain historical battles if the platoons chose to act individually. Would Brazil get five World Cup titles if the players were only playing for themselves? Would a medical team succeed in a complex surgery if there was no conversation between them? Is there a union or an unnecessary dispute in your company that makes people “walk softly?”

The multifunctional worker has great chances of progressing in his/her career by observing a number of characteristics. One of them is the ability to share knowledge, instructions and make the team the practical outworking of being in sync. From this point of view, I would like to suggest the following:

– Listen.Learning to listen is a baseline approach to offering guidance.
– Speak. Share your knowledge by having humility as a balance for every word you say.
– Feel. We all have feelings, and we need to be tactful when dealing with our neighbor.
– Review your potential. You have a lot to offer, and a heartfelt assessment can reveal skills you never imagined.

Jesus is another great example of team leadership. His team performed such an extraordinary work that even after two thousand years we have much to learn from Christ’s disciples. The book of Luke, chapter 6, verses 12 through 16, gives information on how He called them.

Let this be a year where individualism draws from the past, but teamwork is increasingly present and visible in our lives. We are counting on you on this journey.

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