Team Esteem and Team Success
Most people are familiar with the term self-esteem and the generally accepted meaning that it refers to how a person feels about themselves, on a subjective optimism-pessimism scale, at any given moment. It is well established that self-esteem has a significant influence on personal performance, whether in sport, work or family life. What is often less obvious, especially to many over-stressed managers, is that a team of people working together as a unit develops team-esteem.
Team members share feelings – without a word spoken
Research has shown that feelings are invisibly passed from person to person by means of special emotional receptors and that this exchange of feelings can have a tremendous impact on both individuals and the whole team. The same research also shows that the person who’s feelings are strongest is most likely to transmit these feelings to the people nearby. So, when a single member of a team is strongly feeling optimistic and empowered to achieve, it is likely that these same feelings will be absorbed by the rest of the team resulting in a heightened positive state for the whole team. Conversely, it only takes one member of a team to be in a strongly pessimistic mood for this to change the mood of the entire team into one of pessimism.
The bottom line is that whatever the dominant feeling a single member of a team has at a given moment, this feeling can quickly spread to the rest of the team. If the feeling so transferred is positive and optimistic then team performance will likely increase as a result; alternatively performance may suffer when the opposite feelings are passed around.
High team-esteem boosts performance
We know that when an individual has high self-esteem it tends to result in greater self-confidence, greater enthusiasm, and better performance. The same is true for a team. When the team-esteem, which can be thought of as the total combined self-esteem of the team members, is high it produces a dynamic energy of positivity and optimism that is palpable to anyone coming into contact with that team. This greater positive energy helps to drive the team as a whole to greater performance and achievement.
A key function of team leaders, at all levels of management, should be to always try to maintain a high level of team-esteem and to look for ways to boost that team-esteem whenever possible. It is all too easy to damage both the individual and team self-esteem with careless words or deeds and this must be guarded against if high performance is to be maintained and increased.
Remember: feelings are transmitted and received so take care to avoid harming individual self-esteem lest it ‘rub off’ on the rest of the team. Performance and team-esteem are inter-dependent!
Emotional coaching develops high team-esteem
We know that high team-esteem can significantly enhance team performance and achievement; and the team-esteem is the result of the combined total of the self-esteem of each team member. It makes good business sense then to provide various means of improving and increasing the individual self-esteem of every team member in order to boost the overall team-esteem.
Since self-esteem is heavily influenced by how positive or negative a person feels, an excellent way to promote high self-esteem is to reduce the negative feelings that most people have and which affect not only how they feel about themselves i.e. their self-esteem, but also how they behave and make decisions.
An active programme of emotional coaching, such as the results-proven Right Mind Solutions ‘Tapping the Potential’ method, can provide the emotional resolution required to eliminate negative feelings and enhance individual self-esteem and consequently team-esteem.
Contact me, Les Meehan to discuss how we can increase your team-esteem with emotional coaching.
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