COVID-19 Resources: Learn how to apply character strengths to boost resilience and support others.
"I am a helpful and contributing group and team member, and feel responsible for helping the team reach its goals."
Become Aware Of Your Strength
What is Teamwork?
Teamwork means that in team situations you are committed to contributing to the team’s success. The team could be a work group or a sports team, but it could also refer to your family, marriage, or even a group of friends working on a project together. Teamwork extends to being a good citizen of your community or country, and more broadly to a sense of social responsibility for particular groups of people or even all of humanity. In other words, the person high in teamwork applies a certain way of acting in whatever context they consider themselves committed to the good of the group as a whole. Most commonly, however, this strength refers to your being a dedicated, reliable, and contributing member to your small group or team. Teamwork is closely related to 3 other concepts:
- Citizenship: responsibility toward one's community
- Loyalty: unwavering trust for a group
- Patriotism: loyalty toward one's homeland/nation without hostility toward other nations
Explore Your Strength
Reflect on how you’ve used teamwork in the past, in everyday life and during special or critical times.
Apply Your Strength
How can you make the most of teamwork in your everyday life? In the moments that matter most? Here are some ideas.
- Examining the tasks facing your team at work. Offering to help with one of the elements of a task that seems to be overlooked or that a colleague is struggling with.
- Consider how you and your intimate partner are a "team" who can work together to solve problems. Approach your next challenge with this perspective.
- Volunteering weekly for a community service project in your town.