The ham to my sandwich.
Burger to my fries.
Coffee to my donut.
Jelly to my peanut butter.
Milk to my cookie.
You can have a group of people that have a mindset toward a goal. The individuals in that group can also have similar degrees of dedication, work ethic and drive. But what makes a group unique isn't the similarities they have, it really comes down to the differences between them.
How many of us have best friends or spouses who are JUST. LIKE. US? I would say not many.
When the word diverse was used to describe this team, it fit perfectly. Because if anything, this team is perfectly diverse in their personalities. You have those who lead, those who follow, some who are confident in their ability and some who are just happy to be there, you have a variety of personalities that in any other circumstance might clash and have trouble working together, but because they ultimately respect and trust one another, it works. And it works well.
Does that mean there aren't disagreements or frustrations? Of course there are. That is normal in most situations when you throw a group together that has to work towards achieving something, especially one that is competition centered. There are moments of challenge, there are moments of impatience, there are moments of disappointment.
But they are mature enough to put their ego in check and know when it's worth voicing anger or disrespect toward one another. Jealousy doesn't play a part in this group. The differences between them all are what they value and they allow that to help determine their achievement. They've fostered an environment that allows for defeat and frustration, challenge and success. And most of all, they've enveloped that diversity to make them stronger.
That diversity may put them on the podium and it may not, but what it will do is make them know that this group of people is what they needed to be at their best. And that will always make them a team.