A few questions:
As an individual what do you want to accomplish? Is it to excel beyond your peers and gain notoriety? Is it to feel you belong to the group?
How do your goals as an individual help the team? Could you go all in as a contributor and still achieve the level of success you are looking for?
If you can complete your mission on your own, why even be on a team? If you can take home the championship on your own, then do you really need a quality supporting staff?
Take a moment and think about the guy in charge. You get to own all the decisions. You can fly off into glory or go down all alone with the ship. You can be the dictator or the chief collaborator. Both leadership styles have seen success, and both have seen failure.
But if you’re not “the guy,” your role might really be more important. You could be the valuable member of the team that ensures its success. You could be the one that gets “the guy” where he needs to go which will only help you in the future.
We must often put aside on our own egos and aspirations and work toward the team’s success. If the team loses, no matter how great our own individual performance, the team still loses. The mission doesn’t get accomplished, and “the guy” might be looking to replace members on the team. Do your part. Your contributions will not be missed if you give selflessly.
A team will always appreciate a great individual if he’s willing to sacrifice for the group. –Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
Teamwork makes the dream work.