Do We Really Have To Collaborate?
Bible Character: Solomon
Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their work. Ecclesiastes 4:9 NIV
The book of Ecclesiastes is a collection of writings from Solomon. He spends much of the book defining what is meaningless to human existence. Nonetheless, in the above verse he informs us of how much more powerful two can be compared to one.
Why Do We Resist?
Have you watched a table of young people sitting together lately? Well, even adults are getting into the act now; a group of individuals who are physically together…but not engaging with each other. What are they doing? Usually they are on their smartphones. Our society is shifting in a direction where direct communication with others happens less frequently.
How does that affect leadership?
Well, if you have a group that doesn’t appreciate collaborating with each other, teamwork will not be effective. We need each other’s ideas, skills, gifts and consideration to be successful. It can sometimes be uncomfortable, but it’s important.
It Can’t Be a One Man Show
Things have become more complicated over time and rarely can one person be the jack of all trades. Because of this we need many individuals with different gifts to make our organizations successful. Collaboration can be a little scary for a leader whose personality tends to favor being a control freak.
“I can’t think of a business where one leader, acting alone, can deliver superior performance. We all operate in interdependent teams that rely on each team member or each department to do their piece of the puzzle.” – Cheryl Bachelder
Even Solomon, from way back in biblical times could identify that collaboration between two people is better than one individual acting alone.
Cheryl Bachelder, 2015, Dare-to-Serve p. 94. Berrett-Koehler Publishers, Inc.