Please Describe Your Experience of Working in and Leading Teams

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Please Describe Your Experience of Working in and Leading Teams

By | May 2009
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Teamwork was a part of my undergraduate degree. A specific example of a teamwork challenge that I faced was the annual robotic competition. The team was polarized on the subject of the mechanism design. Given time and resource constraints it would not have been possible to allow sub groups to pursue individual projects. The problem was eventually resolved by adopting a design in line with the project objects and which was realizable within the limited time period with budget. As a team leader I filled in the role of a facilitator and kept the team on track in meeting the deliverables. I also ensured that each member got a fair share of participation and could contribute equally since the project was crucial for every engineering student and each of us was there to learn. The effort was successful as the team emerged the 5th best team amongst 50 other participating teams.

I am a strong team player and where necessary I have taken a back seat allowing more capable members to take the leadership role. For example in the Indian dance team, of which I have been an active member for six years, I contribute primarily as a dancer. Choreography, which is the imperative requirement for a team leader is not my forte and hence I contribute as a participant and I manage the budget or welfare. However this does not limit me from contributing to the team in terms of creative dance moves or stage management. I am open to criticism and consider it essential to share something, which might bring out a better performance. I also encourage the team and organize social events to create opportunity for the team to get to know each other beyond the work environment.