As the matter of fact that many people try to maintain a healthy and positive team culture in our workplace and daily life. And everybody has different ideas on the issue that how competition influences the team. Competition, interestingly, always exists wherever we go from ancient time to modern society. At this point, there are some questions coming out: is competition necessary for the team development? Or is it a good thing for the relationship?
Let us start from the advantages of competition in team. It is actually very normal in sport team, because it is entirely depends on the national regulation of match. This is why matches are so exciting and attractive, and make a huge businesses and recreation events. Those are the competition’s contribution. Also being a team member, everyone could be incented by competition, as no one wants to be a loser under pressure that exist in competition. So, everyone will try his best. The whole team would have a better performance as a consequence. Additionally, through leader’s awards stimulation, most of people intend to be more effective in order to obtain rewards, esteem and admire, hence the whole team’s efficiency will be improved.
Alternatively, competition could also bring unnecessary pressure on team member, in which “may affect the employees’ health” and undermines people’s performance during the work. (Shukla Amitabh, 2009) On the other hand, according to Marc Estes’s opinion, “people are unselfish is one of factor to contribute a healthy team culture.” (Estes Marc, 2009) Unfortunately, unselfish behavior is most likely based on the friendly situation. Let us image that if you fail to maintain a good relationship between the team members because of competitions, you may be not willing to share the important information with him/her/them. As a result, the team’s performance will possibly decrease by the inner-team struggling or competition.
All in all, whether the team using the competition or award strategy is entirely depends on the team leaders. From my own perspectives, I would like to speculate other methods that could improve the team members’ performance without necessary competition. For example, the leader could learn to cultivate the sense of achievement or help them set up their own role models. It turns the motivation from outside to inside, which is impressing.
Estes Marc, E. (2009, November 24th). Developing a healthy team culture. Retrieved from file:
Shukla Amitabh , S. (2009, August 27th). Competition an workplace-advantages and disadvantages of compition [Web log message]. Retrieved from