The synergy of a team can be the difference in good versus great… or terrible. There are two types of teams that we can be part of, and although they are different, our actions as a member of that team are the same.
The first type of team is the one that you put together yourself. This is your opportunity to pick who is on the team and determine the roles of the members. This structure is empowering. It is your team, your responsibility.
The second type of team is the one that you are placed on. You are handed this team and maybe handed your role. Although this is not your hand-picked team, it is your team. You are still responsible for its success. Your actions as a team member remain the same. You have the choice to look around and feel hopeless at the lack of control and selection of the team OR you could be a leader and make this team the best they can be. It is still your team, your responsibility.
When you can build a team, select the best. When you are given a team, make them their best.
“Teamwork requires some sacrifice up front; people who work as a team have to put the collective needs of the group ahead of their individual interests.” -Patrick Lencioni