Be A Good Team Member

In business, things cannot be done alone. No matter how intelligent or cunning you are, it is almost next to impossible to achieve excellence in business. There is a need for one to be in a team, or a collaborative effort. Too often, businessmen do joint ventures or tie-ups, whether with existing people in their team, or those outside their organization (for instance, a partnership with a supplier). This gives the impression that to succeed in business, you have to work in teams, lone ranger not necessary. Since you will be working in a team, it is important to know the qualities of a good team player. Come on, nobody wants to be with a Grinch or a spoilsport on a team! If you are to work in a team, at least you have to discover the traits necessary to become an effective team member.

Here are few tips to be a good team member :

  • Communicate with your teammates respectfully. If you have ideas about how your team can reach your goal, share it.
  • Use your active listening skill when you teammates are sharing their ideas and opinions. Remember to make comments and ask questions.
  • Know that it’s OK not to be the leader. Being a good and supportive follower on a team is equally as important.
  • Be reliable. You should be someone that your team can depend on to do their part of the task.
  • Trust in your teammates to do their part. Don’t try to take on anyone else’s responsibilities unless they ask for help.
  • Be kind and use manners when you’re interacting with teammates. Use the words “please”, “thank you”, and “Excuse me”.
  • Compliment others on their strengths rather than talking about their weaknesses or what they’re doing wrong.
  • If you need to give criticism, make sure that it is constructive. Constructive criticism is when you’re giving feedback in a kind way to help someone improve. Destructive criticism is when feedback is given in a way that hurts their feelings.
  • Remain positive, even when things aren’t going well and you feel like quitting. When a team isn’t reaching its goal, it’s easy to start having a negative attitude. Negative attitudes usually makes things worse for the team. Be someone who motivates and encourages.
  • Learn healthy ways of coping with anger and frustrations. Poor coping skills can keep you and your teammates from reaching your goals.

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4 Comments Add yours

  1. The last bullet point you made, could be an awesome topic for a follow up article to this one.

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    1. GS says:

      Point Taken Robert. 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

  2. inspirechief says:

    Excellent information. Everyone pulling together can move mountains. Thank you for sharing. Take care.

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    1. GS says:

      Team players are genuinely committed to their cause. Good team players might make sure they are in the office when needed, but great team players will make “seat” time worth it and contribute as much as possible. They strive for excellence.

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