Ubuntu- I am Because We Are

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Ubuntu is an ancient African word, which means – ‘I am because we are.’ The story of Ubuntu culture came first thing in my mind when I started my writing on teamwork. The term has many aspects, social, political, religious, spiritual and humanitarian. The core aspect of the Ubuntu culture is unity. And unity is a core essence of teamwork.  

Teamwork involves dependency on the members of a team to work together to achieve a shared goal. In every sphere of our life, weather it is professional or personal, teamwork is always present. During my ten years of professional journey I found team work both challenging and rewarding.

In every team each of the members are unique. To make a team work in synergy, the first step, I found helpful is to find the right team leader- who has the insight to identify the strengths and weaknesses of each of the members and understand the group dynamics. It depends on a large scale on the team leader to understand what each member is capable of and make it work.

As Mother Teressa says, ‘You can do what I cannot do. I can do what you cannot do. Together we can do great things.” This sense of togetherness and the spirit of unity I find best in teamwork despite the challenges to keep the unity!