What does it mean to be part of a team?

Apologies for the quasi-rhyme. But this is a real question that we often take for granted. Whether it’s a middle-school soccer team, a work group that is required to act like a team, or right here at iHope with our “counseling team” – what does this even mean?

Here at iHope, we often refer to ourselves as a team. “The counseling team here at iHope…” is my go-to descriptor. Interviews with potential counselors include discussions about what it means that iHope is distinctly Christian, why we are a nonprofit organization, as well as that it looks like that we are a team.

  1. On teams… everyone should feel encouraged. Share your biggest strengths!
  2. On teams… constructive feedback is welcomed. How can the team improve on their ultimate outcome(s)?
  3. On teams… we support each other and work together. It’s not “my” success or “your” failure. 
  4. On teams… no one should feel left out. Inclusion and value are built-in to a team.
  5. On teams… everyone benefits from a shared goal and a clear role. (Another quasi-rhyme!) But really, this is part of what it means to be a team. 

These 5 are a good place to start, but hopefully there is also an emotional experience as being part of a team. How does it feel to be encouraged, helped, included, and valued? This is not a trick question. It feels really good!

Consider: How can you be a good teammate? How can you encourage, give feedback, support, include, and clarify goals/roles? 

Written by Jessica Hayes
iHope Executive Director

P.S. I looked it up, and these “quasi-rhymes” are actually called a “forced rhyme.” Who knew? There’s your English tip for the day.

P.P.S. Our iHope counseling team could not exist without our extended teammates… those who partner with this ministry! People, churches, groups – sometimes the partnership is a financial donation, prayer covering, event attendance – learn more here about strengthening the iHope counseling ministry with your partnership!