After enduring a difficult Formula One season in 2015, McLaren had to learn humility, according to racing director Eric Boullier.
McLaren had their worst constructors' championship finish in 35 years following their switch from Mercedes to Honda power units for 2015.
Fernando Alonso and Jenson Button managed to finish in the top 10 just six times between them, compared to the 25 the Brit and Kevin Magnussen achieved the year before.
However, through the hardship the team endured, Boullier believes it taught them humility.
"McLaren is a big team, Honda is a big company and both have a great heritage," the 42-year-old told Autosport.
"To keep the trust of the people, the credibility, the morale high, it's a hard job.
"But what we saw [last year] was a lot of success in building [for] the future, definitely, a lot.
"In some way the bad will be good for McLaren because it brought humility, and strangely maybe, the atmosphere in the company was quite good.
"I'm not saying people were excited by the results, everybody was frustrated, but the atmosphere, the commitment of the people, the understanding, were huge."