How to be an effective team player
Why is it so important to be an effective team player? Effective teams can create amazing results, and tapping into the knowledge and strengths of each team member will undoubtedly produce better results than going it alone.
Are you an effective team player? Here are some questions to ask yourself.
Do you provide constructive feedback to your team members?
- Providing constructive feedback to team members will help them become better team players themselves, therefore raising the bar all around
Do you ask opinions and incorporate others’ ideas?
- Great minds think alike…they also think differently, so challenge each other to think big
- Encourage everyone to speak up—often those who are quiet aren’t heard, but we all have innovative ideas that should be shared
- When all ideas are shared and heard, you never know what might be accomplished
Do you share all of your thoughts?
- Ever heard that phrase “no question is a dumb question”? It’s true, so speak up! Chances are if you are thinking it, someone else is too
Are you reliable to your team?
- Can they count on you to get things done? To show up to meetings on time?
- Being reliable will create trust and respect—two important components of a team
Do you anticipate solutions to inevitable problems?
- There are always going to be problems, but do you think about how to overcome problems rather than just pointing them out? Every team needs positive people to keep progress flowing
Do you allow others to share in the glory of a success (not just the burden of a disappointment)?
- It’s not a good feeling when someone else takes credit for the hard work you’ve done, and it’s a surefire way to ruin a team
- Give credit where it’s due to support the long-term success of your team
An effective team player is someone who:
- Communicates openly and effectively
- Can be depended upon
- Respects others’ opinions
- Creates a supportive environment for sharing ideas
- Goes outside their own box and thinks about others in their team
- Walks their talk—if you want others to be good team members you must exhibit the behavior you want to see
An effective team can create incredible efficiency and productivity, and the open communication and sharing of ideas can lead to new and improved ways of doing things.