Cohesion and teamwork
Edited book (chapter)
Cohesion and teamwork
|Book Chapter Category||Edited book (chapter)|
|ERA Publisher ID||2148|
|Book Title||Rugby tough: focused for rugby|
|Authors||Munroe, Krista (Author), Terry, Peter (Author) and Carron, Albert (Author)|
|Editors||Hale, Bruce D. and Collins, David J.|
|Number of Pages||17|
|Publisher||Human Kinetics Publishers|
|Place of Publication||Champaign, IL. United States|
Rugby has a fantastic bonding effect ... It brings friendships to the fore ... You get strong guys up front, quick guys in the back, you get poets, you get freemasons, everybody playing in the same team and it's a fantastic culture. (Francois Pienaar, Captain, South Africa, World Cup Winners 1995).
As the quote used to introduce this chapter illustrates, team unity (or team cohesion) can generate strong emotions among team members. But, as anyone who has been a captain, manager, player, or observer of rugby can testify, achieving team unity and getting a team to work together to achieve its collective goals can be difficult. Individual team members sometimes have personal goals and aspirations that bring them into conflict with the team's goals and objectives. As a consequence, those individuals may try to pull the team in different directions. Or, teammates may dislike each other with the resulting consequence that communication on and off the pitch becomes poor or nonexistent. Or, teammates may like each other so much that a considerable amount of effort is expended to insure that harmony is preserved—at the expense of honest appraisal, accurate feedback and open communication.
Observations by Pat Riley (1993), a very successful North American professional coach, help to illustrate how difficult it is to obtain teamwork. As Riley noted,
|Keywords||rugby; team unity; teamwork; cohesion; team performance profiling; team goal setting; gameplan exercise; mutual respect|
|ANZSRC Field of Research 2020||520107. Sport and exercise psychology|
|470108. Organisational, interpersonal and intercultural communication|
|350503. Human resources management|
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|Byline Affiliations||University of Windsor, Canada|
|Department of Psychology|
|University of Western Ontario, Canada|
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