With decades of experience army senior leader LTG Mary Legere knows that it takes more than just courage to carve a successful career in the military.
Strained or fractured relationships are going to slow down a team, and even undermine it. The team is going to be more easily blindsided by surprises and may not be able to withstand them. Without the cohesiveness of the team identity it becomes every man for himself. But no single person is more important than the team. Consequently, personal preferences are not appropriate if they don’t contribute to a more effective and unified team. What each soldier brings to the team is a set of skills and strengths that can be coordinated for the maximum result.
Teamwork and group psychology have a way of bringing out the best in people. It can be likened to a basketball team. If there is one player who hogs the ball, seldom passes it and tries to score all the time, it is going to spread. It won’t be long before everyone else is hogging the ball and trying for their personal glory. But the player who serves for the greater good of the team, selflessly passing when another player is open and has a shot, is working for the best of everyone; this attitude is contagious.
At the end of the day, working as a team means shared responsibility. Being a soldier in the Army can take a serious toll on one’s emotions, but when soldiers are working as a team it means that they are not alone. Each soldier is surrounded by others who have experienced the same things.