What a great post to remind us how important it is to include and embrace individuals with varied and sometimes opposing points of view, Doug. When we have team unity we are able to give serious consideration to a variety of ideas and concerns while developing a plan of action. Once a plan is developed the entire team stands behind it and joins together in working towards its successful completion.
A house divided against itself cannot stand. – Abraham Lincoln
In leadership circles we hear a lot about teamwork and team building, but not as much about team unity. Unity of your team does not mean checking your individuality at the door and not having differing views and opinions. Team unity simply means that once all the views have been aired, differences expressed, and a consensus reached, then it’s time to move forward with a united front. Teams need diversity of thought, creative minds, and fresh eyes taking a look at things from every angle. Promoting team unity begins when the leader acknowledges and values everyone’s input. Unity breaks down when voices are squelched. Build unity by building relationships. Never underestimate the value that each person brings to the table.