Does A Team That Meshes Well Socially Perform Better?

Researchers have studied what factors are necessary for a team to be successful, excluding the individual athletic performance. In this blog post, I’m openly talking about characteristics worth acclimating to for creating a successful atmosphere both on and off the court.

How come so many players are unsatisfied within the team yet perform so well? What if those teams bettered their chemistry off the court? Perhaps their results would have reflected their chemistry? However, hypothesizing is all we can do until we research the topic so I started looking into the topic. In a research study that I read, four crucial factors were the focus points as to why teams meshed well off the court and why they could share the success together on the court.

Factor #1 Straightforwardness

First one being, straightforwardness. For example, teammates could openly tell each other constructive criticism to make each other and the team better. Or they could agree on disagreeing, which is the ultimate factor because often a situation can be seen and interpreted from very different angles. That makes them particularly good at resolving conflicts and working through problems that might come up.

Factor #2 Task Equity

The second one being, players and team members, in general, prefer task equity over task equality, meaning that they don’t want an equal amount of work. They are simply the happiest if they know their task is equally valued. That goes to say, every single player on a team should know they are as big of a part of the team success no matter how much they play or how much they produce on the court. If every player takes on their role and fulfills that role to their maximal potential, the team will succeed. That sometimes means to take a player and harness their skills/talents while minimizing the disruption. However, then that player has to take on their role for the whole team to succeed.

Factor #3 Diversity

The third being, a team should be diverse because having 12 players that are the same won’t work. Therefore, every single coach should desire to have a team full of diversely skilled players. When a unit can sit down, openly reflect their views on situations that arise, a safe environment will grow. It is okay to have a discussion, and it will prepare the team for whatever might come as a surprise further into the season. They will be able to face other difficulties easily and outperform others when it’s needed.

Factor #4 Conflicts

The fourth and last one being, use conflicts as an opportunity to work through challenging disagreements instead of ignoring them. Often the interest is different, and therefore conflicts occur. Ignoring problems isn’t the best long-term solution, but working through them and taking a step or two back can help the team. Perhaps you might wonder how, and the answer is easy, taking a step or two back in the team development might lead to a significant jump towards the end of the season as finding a way out together shows perseverance.

What kind of teams have the best team chemistry?

The teams that:

  • Set mutual professional goals, team and personal WHY
  • Build team chemistry through the willingness to learn
  • Strongly highlight team interaction between members of the team
  • Communicate correctly and straight forward
  • Actively listen to all members of the team with a positive attitude

Until next week, write down on a piece of paper what traits you would like your team to adapt. (Could be a team at your office, in the sports club, at your spinning class, anywhere else.)

One Comment Add yours

  1. Steve Ruis says:

    Do you know of any academic studies on this topic? I have stories in mind of teams that did not get along well (the SF Giants in the 60’s had black, white, and Hispanic cliques) and the Oakland A’s of the 1970’s (had fights between players in the dugout) yet these teams performed very well. (You can tell I was from the Bay Area.) Other teams had great “chemistry” yet didn’t have much success. But anecdotes don’t tell us what we want to know. If team chemistry is a factor in team success, it is worth nurturing. If not, then not. I remembered the good parts of every sports team I was on and when I finally hanged up my sneakers (after college) I was a bit bereft of the feelings lost. I do not know if they were instrumental in any success those teams had, though.

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