Habit of Sharing and Working In a Team

Habit of Sharing, Team work

Human beings are a social animal and are surrounded by other humans everywhere. Whether it’s a child in school or an adult at the office, we work with other people in some way or the other. Thus, sharing and working in a team becomes an extremely important skill to acquire.

Case Study

Richa is the only child of her parents. They have always given her whatever she wanted. As she had no one to share her belongings with at home, so she did not develop the habit of sharing things with others while growing up.

As a result, in school, she had constant fights with others if someone even touched anything belonging to her. She could not make friends as well due to this habit.

She became so possessive, hostile and rigid in school that her teacher asked the School Counselor to intervene. After spending some time with Richa, the counselor realized what the problem is and asked her parents to come over to discuss this.

After a meeting, Richa’s parents realized that they have to encourage her to share things with her friends, otherwise, she will not be able to mix with other children and make friends. Later on, this can also affect her personally and professionally as she will not be able to work with larger groups and teams.

What is Sharing?

Sharing is the joint use of resources, space, materials or thoughts with others in a personal or professional environment. Throughout our lives, we share our things with others consciously or unconsciously.

We share our house, furniture, vehicle, and electronics with our family. In school or college, we share the classroom, benches, and cafeteria, and at our workplace we share the office, the resources and mostly work with teams having common goals and tasks to do. Sharing is an extremely important part of our life.

While discussing all this about sharing, it is important for us to understand that this habit needs to be inculcated in children from the very beginning of their lives. A child, who is comfortable sharing things, thoughts and ideas with others, will grow up to be a good team member after entering school, college or while working professionally.

The habit of sharing and being a part of a team also displays our level of confidence and shows how comfortable we are with people around us and our positivity towards them.

Sharing and Team Building

You may be wondering how sharing is connected with being a part of team. To begin with, a team is defined as a group of people working in coordination with the same vision to achieve a common goal or target. When people work together for achieving the same goal or targets, they SHARE resources, ideas, and methods to complete their task.

If someone is good at sharing resources and ideas and is comfortable with people around him / her, that person will emerge as a good team-player and will benefit everyone around them.

On the other hand, if someone is protective and possessive about their ideas and resources, they can find it difficult to share these things and will not be comfortable working with other people.

It can hinder the growth of a person both personally and professionally and can affect people and the organization on a larger level.

By now, we have understood that sharing is an important part of developing the skills of a good team member. But, we also know that many of us lack it. When a child is growing up, we pay a lot of attention to their overall personality development.

We want our children to grow holistically (apart from doing well in academics or sports). When parents and teachers put in a lot of effort to develop a child’s personality, at that time some focus should also be on developing the habit of sharing in our children.

Children should be encouraged to make friends and share their things, thoughts, and books with others, also help their friends when they need it. This practice will not only help children to develop the habit of sharing and being with others, but also help them grow in confidence and will make them comfortable working with people around them.

Conclusion – Habit of Sharing

No one is a born master of all the skills that are required to be successful in life. We are good at certain things, and others we develop gradually during the course of our life.

Sharing is one such habit or skill that can be inculcated in children in their growing years. Parents have to put in more effort during the initial years, because, in today’s world, families are smaller and we are not in the habit of sharing things with others outside the family.

But, if we help our children from the very start to develop these small but useful habits, they can help our children grow into better and beautiful human beings.


About the Author

Varsha Tyagi is a Master's in Psychology with 5 years of Experience as a Life Skills Coach and a Counseling Psychologist. She has worked with many schools, colleges and corporates as a Counselor and a Life Skills Trainer and dealt with both children and adults. She is currently working as a Life Skills Facilitator with an organization.

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