On May 25, 2019, the Toronto Raptors advanced to the National Basketball Association's (NBA) finals. Kawhi Leonard, the team's star player, was praised by Masai Ujiri, the team's president. He said that Leonard is the best player in the league. In response, Kawhi stated that "(he doesn't) care about being the best player. (He wants) to be (on) the best team".
We've heard of the common expression that the team works as well as the "best" person on the team. The term "best" is general as it can include an assortment of skill sets (technical and non-technical), experiences, and abilities. Nobody is perfect and nobody is the best at everything. Everybody makes mistakes and sometimes we judge others because they do things differently that we do, or often "not in the best way" in our minds.
However, another common expression is "together, we are stronger". How is this achievable? Each of us can bring the "best" that we have to the team for each situation. With greater patience, acceptance and understanding of each other's differences and unique experiences, each of us has the capacity to grow in areas that we know not to be the "best" at. With collective growth, the team can improve more effectively and enjoyably in meeting its goals of greater success.
It is wonderful for a high-profile role model to exhibit humbleness and team-focus for countless children and adults to emulate and exemplify on their teams and organizations. We will all be stronger as a result.