Whether you’re a football fan or not, the excitement that swept the nation around England’s Euros performance was impossible to ignore.
Although the end result wasn’t what most people had hoped for, the team got further than any other English football team since 1966 and managed to lift the spirits of a nation after what’s been a challenging 18 months.
Collectively, the team demonstrated a number of stand out qualities that we can all learn from when it comes to what makes a strong team.
Here are just a few:
1. Diversity Matters
Gareth Southgate’s team is wonderfully diverse; geographically, racially, a mix of ages, heritages, backgrounds and beliefs. This coming together of different perspectives and experiences encourages more creativity and innovation. It’s not a coincidence that diverse teams perform better, diversity is good for business. A recent study found that organisations with more diverse management teams have 19% higher revenue. Embracing people with different opinions, different strengths and different approaches and genuinely listening to their voices allows us to connect with a wider audience and customer base and generating long term loyalty from them.
2. Clear Direction
There were multiple times along England’s journey in the Euros when outsiders questioned the decisions of Gareth Southgate’s team choices however, he never back tracked or wavered. Having clear objectives that all members of the team buy in to is critical for success. It allows every member to know what’s expected of them and means collectively, the team can focus on the end goal. Clear goals and objectives also help keep people engaged and motivated.
3. No Egos
Whilst some of the players were more well-known or more experienced at competition level than others, what shone through was that there were no egos. Instead, every player wanted to be there. Building a culture of equality and support in a team allows people to be at their best. It empowers them to feel comfortable being themselves, sharing ideas freely without judgement. This is the kind of team that people want to be part of, where there is no blame culture, and everyone supports each other.
4. Working as one
As the team progressed through to competition, pressure mounted and the peak of that pressure came when the final went to penalties. With 31 million people tuned in, no one can imagine the weight that was on the shoulders of the players. Despite the end result, the level of support and camaraderie was visible for everyone to see. Again, this shows the power of having a strong, supportive culture within a team and pulling together during the challenging times is the biggest strength.
5. Helping others
The England team aren’t just role models on the pitch, many are involved in incredible things off the pitch too from charity work, to speaking out about important causes. Coming together as a team for a greater cause is a brilliant team building activity and makes people feel good about themselves. There are so many things that businesses can get involved in, whether it’s volunteering, fundraising or doing some charity work. Finding a cause that you’re passionate about and working together to make a difference is a fantastic way to connect on a deeper level which will help in and out of the workplace.
Having a strong, committed team is the dream of any manager after all, happy teams deliver greater results.
What do you think are the key factors of a great team?
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