“We expect everyone here to be team players.”
Most of us have had a boss who preached teamwork. Some bosses even like to put up posters with slogans such as, “there is no ‘I’ in team.”
Teamwork is essential to organizational success, but too much teamwork can be deadly.
The secret to effective collaboration is individuality. You want everyone on the team to feel free to contribute ideas to a project as a means of instilling ownership and therefore increase engagement. That does not mean that every idea that anyone says goes, but it does mean people can contribute their brains as well as their brawn.