Unity is a big deal- whether in a marriage, a coaching staff, or in any team. Unity keeps us on mission and helps us persevere to reach our goals. It values and validates the need for each team member and the significant role they play. It reminds us that results together go further than results alone. I’ve heard it said that individuals win trophies, but teams win championships. No matter what context, the concept stands true.
Because unity is so valuable and a key to health and success, we would be wise to know how to protect it:
- Communication. Take time to communicate and answer as many questions as you can. What questions don’t get answered, the team will fill in the blanks with their own truth. Be proactive and keep your team informed. Affirm, encourage, point out what people do right. When there are regular times of intentional communication to connect in relationship and on the mission, teams do better.
- Collaboration. Each team member is gifted differently so learn to value your teammates. Discover and appreciate their strengths and what they bring to the team. Delegate and trust them, working together to stay on mission and reach the goal. Know your own strengths and value how you have been gifted. Contribute and collaborate.
- Confrontation. It’s not if a team has conflict, it’s when. When there are issues that need to be clarified, be intentional to discuss those calmly and with the goal of understanding and moving forward. Avoiding or ignoring issues will only threaten the unity and invite division. Conflict doesn’t have to be a bad word or end negatively. It can be an opportunity to make things even better. It’s our choice how we handle it.
- Care. Take time to know your team and if there’s hardship, rally around them with love and support. Show you care. Order flowers, write a card, stand in line at their family member’s calling hours, pray for them. There’s nothing like knowing your team has your back when life can be difficult.
- Celebration. Whether it’s for one or all, take time to celebrate victories together. It’s meaningful. After all the hard work and effort, the rest and celebration enable people to refuel.
But God has put the body together… so that there should be no division in the body, but that its parts should have equal concern for each other. If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honored, every part rejoices with it. [1 Corinthians 12:24-26]