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Unpacking the Strength of Teamwork

by | Oct 24, 2023 | Employee Engagement, Integrity, Leadership, Psychological safety, Strengths

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Teamwork is one of the three character strengths that comprise the Virtue of Justice.

Justice describes strengths that help you connect in community or group-based situations.

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 you 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

Why is teamwork of value?

  • Teamwork fosters a sense of connectedness and enhances meaning through shared purpose.
  • Those high in teamwork elicit and experience a higher level of social trust and have a more positive view of others.
  • Teamwork is one of the strengths most associated with sustainable behaviour ie behaviour that aims to protect the social and physical environment. 

A couple of questions to consider

  • What is most gratifying to you about being part of a team?
  • What is most challenging to you about being part of a team?

Some things that you can do to practise teamwork

  • Savour a positive team interaction from the past by replaying it in your mind and then sharing it at a team meeting. 
  • Volunteer for a community project or a good social cause in the area where you live or work.
  • The next time someone close to you conveys that they are having a problem, ask if the two of you can approach the problem together as a team and work through it with them to find a solution. 

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If you are interested in exploring how the practice of Character Strengths might be of benefit to your business and culture, contact Peter Maguire on 0438 533 311 or at

Acknowledgement: the primary reference for this post is “The Power of Character Strengths: Appreciate And Ignite Your Positive Personality” by Ryan M. Niemiec & Robert E. McGrath (An Official Guide From The VIA Institute on Character)



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