Ten Qualities of a Team PlayerFriday, 20 July 2012
Today on Let's Get Working we'll have a look at the ten qualities of a team player. A lot of problems in the work place are caused by a breakdown in teamwork. By reading the following you can make sure that you're the best team player you can be.
1. A team player is reliable
- They get their work done.
- They work hard and meet commitments.
- They do what they say they are going to do
- They are consistent and can be counted on all the time.
2. A team player communicates constructively
- They speak up and express their thoughts and ideas clearly, directly and honestly.
- They have respect for others and for the work of the team.
- They communicate in a positive, confident, and respectful manner.
3. A team player listens actively
- Good listeners are essential for teams
- They can absorb, understand, and consider ideas and points of view from other people without arguing every point.
- They can receive criticism without reacting defensively.
- They listen first and speak second so that a meaningful dialogue can be achieved.
4. A team player functions as an active part of the team
- Good team players are active participants.
- They come prepared to listen and speak up in discussions.
- They are fully engaged in the work of the team and do not sit quietly on the sidelines.
- They take initiative to help make things happen by volunteering for tasks and asking:
What contribution can I make to help the team achieve success?
5. A team player shares openly and willingly
- Good team players share information, knowledge, and experience. They keep other team members informed.
6. A team player cooperates and pitches in to help
- A good team player cooperates with others without dominating the group and doing everything their way.
- They respond to requests for assistance and take the initiative to offer help when they see someone needs it.
7. A team player exhibits flexibility
- A good team player can roll with the punches and adapt to ever-changing situations. They don't complain or get stressed out when something new happens or needs to be changed.
- They can consider different points of views and compromise when needed.
- Strong team players are firm in their thoughts yet open to what others have to offer.
8. A team player shows commitment to the team
- Good team players care about the quality of their work and that of their team's. They also put in good effort, and help their teammates to do the same.
- They offer suggestions that can help improve the work of the team or the way they do things, in an effort to make the team work better together.
9. A team player is a good problem-solver
- Good team players are willing to deal with all kinds of problems in a solutions-oriented manner.
- They don't look at the situation and ignore it because it is to hard.
- They don't look for someone to blame for the current situation.
10. A team player treats others in a respectful and supportive manner
- They are consistently courteous and considerate.
- They show understanding and the appropriate support of other team members to help get the job done.
- They have a sense of humour and know how to have fun (and all teams can use a bit of both).
- They deal with other people in a professional manner.
Until next time, Steven