Updated: May 13
With countless books and experts on leadership, team building, and communication, it is clear that teamwork is an area that many people struggle with. For many of us, we grow up lacking teamwork skills. As children, teamwork is typically reserved for sports playing. Early on, players learn to kick the ball to their high-scoring teammate, and therefore teamwork is often left to the players that will win, leaving the players with fewer skills to add their value by cheering. Teamwork has become twisted with participation trophies. It does not mean that everyone is simply present. It does mean that everyone present is involved, offering value, and is contributing.
Outside of childhood sports, teamwork is hugely ignored. It is as if teamwork is something for adults to figure out. It should not be a skill reserved for adults to develop. It is a lifelong skill that needs to be learned as early as possible.
"Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much" - Helen Keller
In our Studios, I have witnessed Heroes struggle with communicating, trusting one another, and leadership. I have also witnessed those same Heroes persevere through those challenges and begin developing their teamwork skills. Heroes who were too shy and reserved to speak have become outspoken. Heroes that were once afraid to lead are now our fiercest leaders. Heroes who were once unreliable are now fully committed. To be honest, I have watched our Heroes (ages 5-10-year-olds) develop strong teamwork skills. Skills that many adults struggle to have.
While anyone at any age can learn what it means to be a team, cheers to the Wildflower Heroes who have learned, developed, and harnessed this early on. Everything from this point will be an improvement, sharpening their abilities, and strengthening their powers.