I was thinking about team work today and remembered this saying.
A chain is only as strong as its weakest link.
It reminded me of the old Christmas tree lights we used to have where they all went out if one bulb blew and although the weakest member of a team might not have the capacity to bring down the whole team there is certainly the possibility that a weak member can be quite destructive.
L. Stephen in Cornhill Mag. XVII. 295 quoted on the website, answers.com says
A chain is only as strong as its weakest link; and the longer the chain, the more weak links.
It isn’t always easy to encourage and motivate each member of a team; some people are infinitely easier to get along with than others, and that is true of leaders as well as workers or followers, but it is well worth the effort because it affects the whole team. More importantly, we all need to work to ensure that we are not the weak link in any chain, whether we are considering a group to which we belong, or one which we lead.
As I was thinking, I considered the situation of those in society whose body or mind don’t allow them to be a strong link, and I thought about those little link chains on expensive bracelets or watches – I don’t know what they’re called but they act as a kind of back-up support to ensure that, in the event the main chain coming undone, the bracelet isn’t lost. That is how I feel we should be towards those who are weaker, we need to support them and back them up, or we as a society will fail.