Being part of a team is an aspect of everyday life for most people, be it at work, in sport, in family life. If the team has one or more dysfunctional member then the whole framework can fall apart. Having a strong team dynamic does not mean being the hero at every turn; this can be detrimental. A strong team is more like an engine, with all of the working parts performing individual roles as part of a greater system.

I team race Fireflies – a 4.6 m dinghy (2 crew with 3 boats in each team) and match race Elliott 6 m Olympic class (3/4 crew)  I’m aware of the strengths and weaknesses of a team while sailing – having the trust in the people around you, knowing that they will do their job and you will do yours, means that even in the most testing conditions the crew remains safe. Trust is the foundation of life, as outlined in Patrick Lencioni’s ‘The Five Dysfunctions of a Team’ – a must read!

So whatever it is that you do, whatever team you find yourself a part of, strive to make it the most highly functional team possible.

By guest editor George Haynes

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