We met Superman who was told to be coming from Krypton planet with superhuman powers in 1938, and we met Batman in 1939, who was the protector of our city, who was one of us if we push it forward.
Superman who is kind, proud, who is able to identify long distances through his infrared eyeshot is fully self-confident in his (business) cloth, but completely unconfident when he is off-duty. We don’t have much idea about his intellectual accumulation since all he talks is sentences about his business. He is able to find a place on first page of the journal that he Works for with the photographs that he captured, through dishonest trading. In this sense, he uses his hidden advantages against the persons who intend to get somewhere through their efforts.
He is a hero who devotes himself to the city where he lives, hiding his identity under his mask. He mostly uses his family’s Money for R & D studies and technological developments. He does not work individually, both with his faithful helper and Robin who is his masked-mate, as a team. Instead of working only when he is called, he continuously develops himself for providing better services when he is needed.
When we take a look at the mutual characteristics of both characters, both of them are focused on services, they are trying to make their workplaces – pardon me – cities a more beautiful place. They are self-sacrificing individuals who think other before themselves and do not spare any effort to take responsibilities in hard times. When we are to evaluate both of them together, while lower and middle class may think that Superman is more sincere, a more aristocratic, high in cotton, crème de la crème class may take Batman as closer to themselves. To add a criticism; the society, in a way, creates its own heroes in order to fight against corruption, miscarriages and malignancies. Instead of paying efforts for a better World, they contribute to the struggle in a lazy way by supporting their favorite representatives.
Obviously producers have got rid of this corruption and they involve with these two heroes in order to jolt people out of this situation. The ones who are with Superman and the ones who are with Batman ask this question to themselves although for a short time: “I wonder whether the hero / leader / representative that I applaud is not like a person as I suppose? The one I imitate, idolize, and cheer when appropriate?”
Let’s bring the subject back to team spirit through the end of my writing.
On 17 April 1961, in the years when cold war between USA and The Soviet Union was proceeding, 1400 Cuban refugees who were educated in Miami were secretly sent to the Bay of Pigs which is in the south of Cuba in order to overthrow the socialist administration ideology of Castro. In his book A Thousand Days in which Arthur M. Schlesinger Jr., one of the consultants of Kennedy, explain his memories, he bears a torch to the fact under how a team including vice presidents and consultants could give such a bad decision in terms of such an attempt which was understood to become unsuccessful right after 24 hours had passed after the attempt. Irwing Janis, a social psychologist in Yale University, developed the concept of “groupthink” after negotiating with the persons who became a part of this event.
Just like this situation, factors that push the parties towards mistakes in group thinking can be listed as overrating the represented power of the group, underrating the rival, acceptance of the decision of the administrator by the group members without questioning, disregard of variable opinions and even exclusion of variable opinions.
Is Conflict a Bad Thing for Team Spirit?
Contrary to what is believed, a total harmony between group members, lack of conflicts in a team, everyone’s getting on well with each other and consensus of the decisions in a meeting are not good situations.
Such a consciousness may be good in short-term, in order to make group members live in an environment away from tension but in long-term, harm would be inevitable for both the constitution and the team members.
Maintaining business conflicts without turning it into a relationship conflict, consequently protecting “team spirit” and keeping solidarity are in relation to effective leadership and maturity of the team members. Not getting above oneself, not accepting one’s opinion as an absolute truth and understanding one’s opinion not for objection but for really having understood constitute the basis of this maturity.
Due to his / her position, an effective leader shall not put him / herself in the center of anything, shall not categorize the people who surround according to their positions and shall not valuate the received opinions in accordance with the positions. For example, one cannot become a sharing person by saying “I am such a sharing person”, as well as this situation frequently puts him / her into a funny position.
This type of leaders whose comfort zones are ruined and who feel that their position is in danger firstly accuse team members and work behind the scenes after them, unfortunately. This is, moreover, a classic behavior which is stated as a signal of ineffective administration within the scope of history books, instead of being a characteristic of effective leadership.
The thing that shall be done in order to prevent from these types of situations is simple but difficult: Listening in order for changing ideas, not for defending ideas.
Be Superman or Batman, applause them with your cheer… But don’t forget the fact that everything changes and develops rapidly. The roots of trees resisting against wind weaken. However, roots and branches of the trees that dance with the wind, knowing which way to stretch become stronger.