“5-reasons why teamwork is important for kids” reminded me of the movie “The Penguins of Madagrascar”. The penguins Skipper, Kowalski, Rico, and Private are the most inspiring characters for teamwork and leadership. In the movie; they were captured by an evil octopus named Dave. Dave was jealous with penguins and wanted to harm them. He was nursing a grudge from the days at the Central Park Zoo when the penguin quartet stole the affection of visitors. Throughout the movie, the penguin team leader Skipper plans the strategies. His subordinates Kowalski, Rico and eventual hero Private take orders and follow his plans. Skipper discusses new ideas and takes essential contributions from his team. The penguins teach an important lesson to Classified (an wolf), the leader of the elite North Wind Task Force. They oriented him to the fact that asking for help isn’t a weakness, but a strength. Classified sees first-hand how collaborating and working together with disparate teammates can achieve collective objectives. The Penguins reaches their goal because of excellent team work, creative thinking, communication, and collaboration.
Here are the 5-reasons why teamwork is important for kids:
1.Teaches collaboration: Teamwork is fun. It is a constructive way to get to know the members of a team. It helps to build trust, and help each other to reach a common goal. Members of a team even learn how to work with those who disagree with them, or with others they might not “like” or want as friends. It teaches the skill “Collaboration” which is very important for future success. In the movie “The Penguins of Madagrascar” also, it was shown how the penguins worked as a team under the supervision and guidance of their leader Skipper to achieve their goal of freeing all animals from the zoo! 2.Strengthens interpersonal skills: Teamwork teaches interpersonal skills. Working in a team teaches one to respect the opinion of the other members. Such interpersonal skills are very important in later life in terms of listening skills, verbal communication, negotiation, and problem solving.
3.Improves competency: Every individual is different. They have different ways of thinking, and addressing problems. While working in a team, one gets exposed to various ideas. It improves critical thinking, and decision making.
4.Fosters self-improvement: While working in a team, one gets to know about self strengths and weaknesses. Strengths help to take up leadership roles, weaknesses help to work towards betterment. If a kid is left to play alone, he will always think himself to be king of his playground. But if he is motivated to play in a team, he can understand his real worth.
5.Boosts networking skills: Much of our success in life depends on our ability to network and connect with other people. So kids should be exposed to teamwork as it boosts networking skills. When they work in a team, they learn to remember the names of other team members. Also, they master the skill of introducing themselves, looking into the eyes of each other, shaking hands, and sometimes get involved in acts of kindness.
“Alone we can do can so little, together we can do so much”…Team work plays a pivotal role in our lives. It is important whether playing in a team, doing coursework, or while climbing the career ladder. Thus all the 5-reasons why teamwork is important for kids are very crucial for them. They are not simply skills needed at school, but are vital skills required in all areas of life.