an Team Chemistry Enhance Performance?
Without further ado, the answer is yes. Team cohesion is shown to be related to a team’s ultimate success on the field. But wait before patting yourselves on the back, it’s a little more complex than what I just mentioned.
Although many studies have found that a team’s chemistry was related to is subsequent performance, many other studies found that team chemistry had very little to do with how successful the team became. So why the "yes" response you ask?
It’s simple. Success is related to the type of cohesion that exists within the team. More specifically, if your team has a high level of task cohesion, meaning that they play well together and remain united in the pursuit of the team’s goals, then they are more likely to enjoy success.
On the other hand, having a high amount of social cohesion, meaning that the team members are good friends and that they enjoy each other’s company, means very little in the way of predicting your team’s performance.
In fact, it has even been found that teams who are high in social cohesion play worse as a team!
So, the key is not necessarily that your team members like each other (although this is an admirable team quality and can be good for members’ well-being), but that they are united in their efforts to achieve the team goals set forth at the beginning of the season.