Teamwork cannot be successful if it doesn’t have good team players. Simply speaking, a team player is a person who will place the interests of his team ahead of his own. Businesses put in significant amount of effort and resources in improving team building processes and facilitate team player atmosphere as one of the main levers in increasing efficiency and competitiveness.
Qualities of a good team player
- Dependability. A good team player has good motives and is consistent contributor.
- Selflessness. Team players are generous, loyal and promote someone other themselves.
- Commitment. This quality is best observed in the moments of adversity. People are not born with this ability. It is rather a result of one’s choice. Learn how to align your commitments to your values. Learn how to take risks.
- Adaptability and self-improvement. Team players are open to learning, are creative and emotionally secure. Become flexible, learn to learn.
- Collaboration. Team players look at their teammates as collaborators and not competitors. They are supportive and trusting, not suspicious. Learn to focus on the team rather than yourself. Complement others and remove yourself from the picture.
- Discipline. Team players can control their emotions, thinking and actions. Practice by taking on challenging tasks. Learn to think before you speak.
- Communication. Team players make themselves available to others and easy to communicate to. They share the information, are quick and inclusive of others.
- Competence. They commit to excellence, don’t settle for average and perform with consistency.
- Persistency. They give all that they have to achieve the goal, working with determination, not waiting for destiny.
- Enthusiasm. Team players remain enthusiastic in spite of difficulties. They keep faith in what they do. Learn how to work enthusiasm into your feelings.
- Knowledge of the mission. They know where the team is going and do what needs to be done to achieve the mission. Learn the ways to keep the team’s mission in mind and contribute your best to the team.
- Humility. Team players show respect, foster trust and reciprocity. Don’t be afraid to share the credit with others. Rising tide, as the saying goes, often floats all boats. Do not worry about those who do not contribute much to the group. In some instances there simply will be no good way of telling them how you feel. In other instances, more often than you think, they may seek revenge. Learn to tolerate them and simply avoid having them on your team again.