Nehemiah 4:6
"So we built the wall; and all the wall was joined together to half its height: for the people had a mind to work."

There is a heap of synergy in pulling together as a team than in working at cross purposes. The hallmark of a winning team lies in their willingness to work together and not against one another. Members of a winning team do not make a practice of competing against one another. They rather act in the best interest of one another. They make allowances for others to shine and not in the habit of stealing the spotlight from others. It is important to note that a great player does not necessarily equate to a great team player and is not synonymous to the star of the team. If the player fails to exhibit the spirit of sportmanship and team spirit, such would allow his or her obsession for the spotlight to play havoc with the team’s championship. According to Earl Warriner, “The star of the team is the team”. Hence, WORKING TOGETHER AS A TEAM GENERATES THE STEAM TO STAY AHEAD OF THE PACK. A team that allows the spirit of competition to dictate its actions and dispositions will certainly work at cross purposes and lose the steam to make impact that matters.

The real star of the team is not the most talented player on the team, because talent is not enough to win championships. A team member or a team with the right attitude, cohesion and team spirit will come across as a front runner compared to those who fall over themselves in pursuit of the spotlight. The consequences of working at variance are observable in frictions, infighting and failure to win the marbles. On top of that, a dysfunctional team heaps up avoidable errors, which incites bad blood, frustrations and distrust among team members. Hence, it bears mentioning that WORKING AS A TEAM TRIMS THE ROOM FOR ERRORS AND EROSION OF TRUST BY HALF. Teamworking closes the door to the likelihood of errors, which often erodes the capability of a team to measure up to expectations.

A team that is worthy of mention in scripture is Nehemiah’s team (Nehemiah 4). It was a team that closed ranks with Nehemiah in rebuilding the walls of Jerusalem. When the efforts of the builders was undermined, they steeled themselves against their antagonists, to complete the project. No one played the role of a weak link on the team. They were in accord with one mind and exhibited the zeal, which made them to finish up the project. No one allowed his or her personal interest to overtake the common interest of the team. This reveals that WORKING TOGETHER AS A TEAM LEADS TO THE ACCOMPLISHMENT OF DREAMS AND ASPIRATIONS. Working together with zeal, courage and passion marks a successful team that goes on a winning streak. Such a team will pursue its mission to fruition against all odds. The question is, “Are you a team player or a team destroyer?” A team player contributes to team success and stays clear of allowing personal interest to compete with the success of his team. Assume the position of a team player if you aren’t one. Measure up as a team player that takes pride in team spirit, cohesiveness and collaboration. It surely pays to be a team player than to be the weakest link in the chain.

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Abayomi Aina
Abayomi (ACA, CFE, PGDip Theology) is an inspired prolific writer, instructor and gospel artiste. He is divinely endowed to inspire the world towards purposeful living, leadership spirit, goal pursuit, academic excellence and leading a Christian life.


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