The success of a team often depends on factors beyond individual talent and skill.

The Right Team is Better!

While it’s important to have talented and skilled individuals on a team, there are other factors that can impact team performance, such as desire, mindset, and vision.

A team that is composed of individuals who have the right mix of skills, experience, and personality traits that complement each other can often outperform a team that is composed of individuals who are individually highly skilled but do not work well together. This is because…

A team with the right mix of people is more likely to have forged that je ne sais quoi that separates good teams from exceptional ones.

In contrast, a team composed of individuals who are individually highly skilled but do not work well together can lead to conflict, misunderstandings, and an inability to outperform teams that possess these other qualities, which can make less talented teams great.

Let’s explore some of the qualities that lead to extraordinary team performance:

Personal Desire for Greatness

When it comes to “winning,” nothing beats personal desire. A desire for greatness is a powerful motivator, driving individuals to work hard, overcome obstacles, and strive for continuous improvement. It can lead to personal growth, self-discovery, and a sense of fulfillment and satisfaction in one’s accomplishments. I want a team of people that all desire greatness.

However, when personal desire for greatness is a common characteristic among teammates and is channeled towards achieving prominence together, it creates a sense of purpose and unity within the team that cannot be matched.

With that, the “right” mindset matters.

Team-First Mindset

Indeed, a team-first mindset is the only attitude that enables a team to be great. It is a mindset that places the needs and goals of the team above the desire for greatness by the individual. It comes with the understanding that the success of the team as a whole is more important than the success of any individual member.

When team members adopt a team-first mindset, they are willing to make sacrifices for the greater good.

Further, they are willing to put in the necessary work together, mutually supportive, and singularly focused on achievement. This leads to a team culture with an indelible sense of shared responsibility for success.

To be sure, when team members are willing to put the needs of the team above their own, they can achieve far more than any of the members could ever hope to achieve alone. But, a vision for success is required

Common Vision

When a team shares a common vision for success, it leads to higher levels of motivation and productivity – no one wants to feel like they let the team down by giving anything but their all. Indeed, it is that same shared vision which inspires the kind of outstanding individual performance that is often required for a team to succeed.

Additionally, when a clear vision for success is shared by teammates, it often serves to clarify the roles and responsibilities that each member has on the team. This understanding and acceptance of roles and responsibilities enables each person on a team the freedom to focus on executing their job without concern about what others are doing.

This understanding goes a long way in keeping a team focused on execution and not on the finger-pointing and criticism that can derail a talented team.

Team Chemistry

Team chemistry can be seen in the way team members interact with each other, the level of trust and respect that they have for each other, and the degree of alignment around the team’s objectives.

A team with good chemistry is one where each member feels valued and supported, and where there is a sense of camaraderie and shared responsibility for success. When team members have good chemistry, they are more likely to work collaboratively and effectively towards achieving shared goals, even when faced with challenges or setbacks. This can lead to higher levels of motivation, productivity, and job satisfaction, as well as improved outcomes for the team.

On the other hand, a team with poor chemistry is one where there is tension, conflict, and lack of communication. This can lead to a breakdown in teamwork and coordination, resulting in missed deadlines, poor performance, and an objectionable work environment.


Yes, self-sacrifice can often outperform talent. While talent and natural ability can certainly be advantageous, self-sacrifice and a strong work ethic can often make up for any perceived shortcomings in talent. When individuals are willing to make sacrifices for the greater good of the team and work hard towards a common goal, they can achieve remarkable success even without innate talent.

To be sure, a combination of talent and self-sacrifice is ideal, but..

In situations where talent may be lacking, a strong work ethic and willingness to make sacrifices can often make up the difference and lead to exceptional results.

Of course, so much of this depends on the leadership that is provided.

The Leader’s Role

A leader plays a crucial role in forging an extraordinary team. The leader must be able to inspire and motivate team members, set a clear vision and goals for the team, and create a culture of teamwork and collaboration. Here are some specific ways that a leader can contribute to forging outstanding teams:

Create a vision and set clear goals: A leader must establish a clear vision and goals for the team, and ensure that all team members are aligned around these objectives. This can help to create a sense of purpose and focus within the team.

Build a strong team culture: A leader must create a positive work environment and a culture of teamwork and collaboration. This can involve fostering open communication, promoting trust and respect among team members, and recognizing and celebrating individual and team achievements.

Provide guidance and support: A leader must provide guidance and support to team members, helping them to develop their skills and achieve their goals. This can involve providing feedback, coaching, and mentoring, and helping team members to overcome challenges and obstacles.

Lead by example: A leader must lead by example, modeling the behaviors and values that they expect from their team members. This can involve demonstrating a strong work ethic, showing respect and empathy towards others, and being willing to make sacrifices for the greater good of the team.

By fulfilling these roles and responsibilities, a leader can help to forge a winning team that is focused, motivated, and committed to achieving success.

To sum, having the right team means having a group of individuals who work well together and are committed to achieving the team’s objectives, which can lead to better performance and outcomes than a team composed of only highly skilled individuals who do not work well together.

For help in establishing a team-first culture, please be sure to reach-out.


BTW – These ideas are based on those presented in my latest book:

INDISPENSABLE: How to Build and Lead a Company Customers Can’t Live Without (2021).

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