If Teamwork is your top strength, you excel as a member of a group. You are a loyal and dedicated teammate, you always do your share, and you work hard for the success of your group.
Teamwork falls under the virtue category of Justice. Justice describes strengths that make life fair. They are broadly interpersonal and describe the best interaction between the individual and a group or community.
Teamwork is closely related to 3 other concepts:
Citizenship: responsibility toward one’s community
Loyalty: unwavering trust for a group
Patriotism: loyalty toward one’s homeland/nation without hostility toward other nations.
The Marshmallow Challenge and Teamwork
Work side-by-side with others.
Exercises for Boosting Teamwork
Volunteer for activities such as serving as a Big Brother or Big Sister or constructing a Habitat for Humanity house.
Help someone close to you set a goal and then periodically check on their progress.
Start a book club with family members, friends or colleagues. Schedule a time to meet and discuss the selected books.
The Way Back
As it is in Heaven
Joyeux Noel/Merry Christmas
Act of Valor
The Grapes of Wrath
Movies are an art-form highly suited for inspiring character strengths and helping in the discovery, understanding and exploration of these positive aspects in human beings. Ryan Niemiec (VIA's education director) and Danny Wedding explore 1,500 examples in their book Positive Psychology at the Movies, 2nd edition (2014). They explain that the best positive psychology movies meet the following criteria:
- Strong portrayal of a character's signature strengths which are critical to the character's identity;
- Depicts conflict/obstacles that challenge the character;
- The character uses strengths to overcome the adversity;
- The film's overall presentation is uplifting or speaks deeply to the human condition.
- The film holds great potential to generate cinematic elevation (i.e., it causes people to feel motivated to do good and increases their altruism) or cinematic admiration (i.e., it causes people to want to improve themselves and copy the model).
Imagine – John Lennon
We are the World – Michael Jackson, et al
We are Family – Sister Sledge
The Rising – Bruce Springsteen
People Get Ready – Curtis Mayfield & The Impressions
When It Don’t Come Easy – Patty Griffin
Be True to Your School – The Beach Boys
Wild Horses – Rolling Stones