Teamwork is indispensable in any organisation. When you look at the officers of the Navy, you will observe that they rely on team work for their functioning. There are very important lessons we learn from the Navy Seals about teamwork and here are the top ten
1) No discrimination
You do not look down on anybody on the team. You do not discriminate based on size, age, weight or color. The race or gender does not even matter. You look at everyone as a member of the team. Every soldier in the Navy knows that one day the man beside him may help save his life.
2) Every person counts
This is in line with no discrimination. Every person in a team counts. You do not exclude any person. In the Navy everyone is seen as an integral part of that team, no one views himself as a minus. Everyone is a plus to the team. This gives every individual in the team a sense of self-worth and gets them to put in their best.
3) A team trains together
After a battle is over, Navy Seals don’t just walk off and train individually. They train as a team, this way they get to know each other better than before. Every individual in the team gets to know his teammates, their strengths and their areas of expertise. This can be employed in any business organization.
4) Nobody is indispensable
In the Navy everyone tries his best to maintain teamwork because he knows that he can be dropped at any time. People die in battle and the team does not break up, they keep going. This simply tells us that everybody in a team is dispensable, nobody is indispensable.
5) Team mates help and encourage each other
Team work is not competition, everybody in a team tries to help each other. When one falls, the other picks him up. This is what makes a team solid and keeps them going. They help each other and they encourage each other in order to get the best out of the team.
6) Team mates communicate with each other
There is communication in the team, without communication, the team will not stand. We see this in the Navy Seals where they even have a specific language for communication that only they can understand.
7) Establishing a shared vision
8) Brutally Open to ideas
In a team, nobody knows it all. In the Navy even high ranking officers are open to ideas from their subordinates and team members. That way they get a new view of the situation and it usually helps the team.
9) Unparalleled Trust
10) A team is better than one individual
In the Navy you will see that the team thrives better than when individuals are sent out alone. Teamwork is always better. These are some of the lessons one can learn about teamwork from the Navy Seals.