4 Reasons Why Team-Building is Important to Developing High-Quality Teams, Businesses, and Organizations

Jeffrey Flesch
6 min readJul 30, 2020
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What in the world is team-building; and how does it help develop high-quality teams, businesses, and organizations? Not sure? Let’s take a look.

Most of the companies I worked for in the private sector did not have team building. Not really. Yes, they would have events where teams would gather, celebrate victories, and talk about next year’s priorities. Yet, that’s not quite it.

Here is the definition of team building.

Team build·ing

the action or process of causing a group of people to work together effectively as a team, especially by means of activities and events designed to increase motivation and promote cooperation.

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Ah. Do you see the distinction? Team building is about learning how to work together, to collaborate, build morale, and develop cooperation. Team building is about movement. Simple. Yet, many teams, businesses, and organizations miss the opportunity to develop their people. Why?

In the article, Moving From Concept to Execution: Implementing Developmental Growth Opportunities at Work, I talk about the importance of developing people on your team, and in your business, or organization. I think we can all agree that team building, as defined here, is important to teams, right?

Well, why then do you suppose businesses and organizations, including Fortune 500 companies, miss the opportunity to create developmental opportunities, like team building, for their employees?

There are a couple of different reasons.

  1. Everyone in the business or organization is stuck in the weeds.
  2. Developmental opportunities are not prioritized.
  3. Team building opportunities are only prioritized for leadership.
  4. Lack of funding support, or team building does not make the budget.

Alright, let’s take each reason and discuss how, in fact, the implementation of team building would alleviate

Jeffrey Flesch

Interests include personal and professional development, increasing access to higher education, and finding new ways to create inspiration and equity.