Michael Jordan was the star of the Bulls. The 1984 first round draft pick won 6 NBA championships and was named the NBA Finals MVP 6 times among many other accolades such as being named an All-Star 14 times.
Despite his accomplishments, Jordan played on arguably some of the best teams in NBA history. Names like Scottie Pippen, Steve Kerr and Dennis Rodman come to mind when you think of Jordan's championship years. Based on my observations of Jordan's knack for winning, here are three reasons why it's important to know the roles of your teammates whether it's at work or in your local recreation league volleyball team.
1. Everyone has different skills
It doesn't matter if your marketing team or your event team has five or twenty people, each person who makes up your team has different skills and insights he or she can offer. Take time to talk to them. Learn where you can fill in and contribute when a team member may be struggling.
Jordan knew that he could rely on Rodman each night. Rodman was a rebounding freak who consistently gave the Bulls second-chance points and opportunities to go out on the break and score.
His Airness understood the value of Rodman's abilities and gave Rodman the space to shine and contribute. Know your teammates and help them shine through their unique skills and see them for who they can be.
2. You won't overstep your bounds
Can you imagine if Jordan tried to take over Phil Jackson's responsibilities? For those of you who have not heard of Phil Jackson, Jackson is one of the best NBA head coaches of all time with 11 NBA championships under his belt as a coach and two as a player.
Jordan trusted in Jackson's leadership and knew that Jackson was in charge of the team because he understood Jackson's role on the team. He listened to Jackson's advice and did not think he was above Jackson's authority. It's important that you know who the leaders are on your team and give them the respect they deserve. Chances are, they know what they're talking about.
3. Teamwork is the formula for winning
Jordan has been quoted as saying, "Talent wins games, but teamwork and intelligence wins championships."
By knowing your teammates and their roles, you'll be one step closer to hitting your goals.
At the end of the day, if your team is not accomplishing its goals, you'll need to make an honest assessment of yourself and the members. Figure out what changes you need to make now.
How will you assist your team to accomplish your team's goals?