What Makes A Good Team Player?

If you could build, from scratch with no limitations, a golden team what features would those members of staff have? Assuming that people have the right technical skills for the work to be done, and that those abilities would not change, what other factors would you use to select your team members?

Demonstrates reliability

You can count on a reliable team member who gets work done and does their fair share of hard work to meet the goals that have been set. They complete tasks and assignments and can be relied upon to consistently deliver.

Communicates constructively

Teams need people who are not afraid to raise issues and speak out to put their ideas across clearly, directly, honestly, and with respect for others and for the work of the team. Team members should not be afraid to challenge the norm and to ensure that Group Think does not creep into the work of the team.

Listens actively

Good listeners are essential for teams to function effectively. Teams need team players who can absorb, understand, and consider ideas and points of view from other people without debating and arguing every point. Such a team member also can receive criticism without reacting defensively. Good listeners recognise that we have two ears and one mouth and that personal communication should reflect that!

Plays an active part

Good team players are active participants bringing with them a sense of urgency and fresh approaches to the problem or issue. They are well-prepared, passionate and never sit outside the action looking in. active people make great volunteers if additional work is needed.

Willing and able to share

Good team players share. They’re willing to share information, knowledge, and experience. They take the initiative to keep other team members informed. This is especially important in the informal working of a team where critical information is being passed between members to keep the focus of the team and to push for results.

Work collaboratively

Team members should be very comfortable with collaborating and cooperating with all of their peers, working with others and acting in a united manner. This is done without reference to any differences or disagreements as these are irrelevant to the achievement of the task or project set. Requests for assistance are accepted without question and good team players take the initiative to offer help whenever this may be needed.

Shows flexibility

Teams often deal with changing conditions — and often create changes themselves. Good team players flex as the task dictates and are happy to adapt to ever-changing situations. With this approach a new direction will not phase or upset their approach. Flexibility is also built around recognising and using other points of view and not having a fixed mind-set on any particular topic.

Is committed

Strong team players care about their work, the team, and the team’s work. They are always present and show care and commitment to the task and seek this out from other members of the group.

Works as a problem-solver

Good team players are willing to deal with all kinds of problems in a solutions-oriented manner. They work to resolve problems and not to create them avoiding the temptation for a blame culture. Team players get problems out in the open for discussion and then collaborate with others to find solutions and form action plans.

Are respectful and supportive

Team players treat fellow team members with courtesy and consideration all of the time. They show understanding and will be very supportive of other team members to help get the job done, going about their tasks in a professional manner.

Good team players who are committed and caring systematically look beyond their own piece of the work and care about the team’s overall work. In the end, their commitment is about winning by seeing the team succeed and knowing they have contributed to this success.

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