The True Meaning of Teamwork

When you think about the word “teamwork,” what comes to mind? For many people, teamwork makes them think of a sports team that works together to win games — which is a great way to understand the term.

Teamwork in the workplace has a lot of parallels with a sports team. By definition, teamwork is when people work together to accomplish a common goal. At work, we have multiple goals that we share and are working towards as a group. And just as it’s fun to watch our favorite sports team win a championship, it’s also exciting to win as a team in our own lives because teamwork allows us to achieve things that no individual could ever hope to accomplish on their own. 

Here are a few tips for winning at teamwork:

  • Do the work: At the end of the day, teamwork requires, well, work. This one seems pretty obvious, but it’s important to perform all of your tasks to the best of your ability to move the team forward.
  • Be reliable: Your teammates should be able to count on you to do what you say you’re going to do. From showing up on time to performing your job duties — when you are dependable, you help your team accomplish things that no individual could dream of accomplishing by themselves.
  • Bring your own special magic to the team: Yes, it’s always important to be professional, but you have your own unique personality that you bring to the team dynamic. You are empowered to motivate, uplift, inspire and encourage those around you.
  • Work on your own goals: Teamwork helps your team build great things together, but teamwork isn’t just about “the team” — it’s also about you and your goals. Think about what you earn for your work and team efforts. Consider how those things help you meet your personal goals.


  1. What does teamwork mean to you? 
  2. Have you ever been on a great team? What made being on that team so good?
  3. Have you ever been on a team you didn’t enjoy being a part of? What made that team not so great? 
  4. You share a goal with your team. What do you think that goal is?
  5. How does sharing a goal with your team help you meet your personal goals?