‘keep fighting until you reach the top’
Teamwork is essential to the successful delivery of high-quality in early years services in our department. Within your setting you will be well aware of the benefits of working as part of a team made up of individuals with a variety of skills, attitudes and personal qualities. However, the attitudes and personal characteristics of the members of the staff team are also very important as they will determine how effectively individuals work together on a day-to-day basis. Knowing our own role in the team, and being aware of the roles which other staffs play, can help us to understand more about how teams operate and how to make the most of everyone’s contribution.
There are five definitions of individual roles within a team situation. The definition of each of these roles, including the contribution each might bring to a team.
the person who makes sure the objectives are clear and that everyone is involved and committed
the one who questions ineffectiveness and takes the lead in pressing for improvements/results. (in our department it known as Supit Hitam group)
the person who urges the team to get on with the task in hand
the individual who produces carefully considered ideas and weighs up and improves ideas from others
plays the part of easing tensions and maintaining harmonious working relationships.
Most staffs display their own roles which they tend to adopt depending on the nature of the challenge they are addressing and why they think and act as they do.
All these individual roles are equally important and it is only when an effective balance is created that decisions are made and implemented and the job gets done. By knowing the role which we play as an individual, we will be in a better position to carry it out effectively. We will also be more aware of the roles which our colleagues play and better able to appreciate their contribution to team working.