Top team players don’t fit into any particular mould but what they have in common is that they really care about what the team is trying to achieve and want to make a positive contribution to its success – without needing to have their arm twisted!
You should always be striving to become a better team player tomorrow than you are today. Here are my top 10 key tips to help you become just that:
• Actively participate. Fully engage in the work of the team. Resist the temptation of sitting passively on the sidelines. Volunteer to contribute. Pitch in!
• Remember The Golden Rule: One should treat others as one would like others to treat oneself – even if you might sometimes feel they deserve otherwise!
• Treat other members of your team as individuals. Recognise and appreciate the uniqueness of their experience, knowledge, opinions and point of view.
• Don’t hold back on sharing your own experience, knowledge, opinions and point of view
• Seek to generate creativity and innovation. Promote divergent points of view. Benefit from your differences.
• Seize the initiative in finding solutions to any problems your team might encounter. People don’t want problems; they want solutions.
• A problem shared is a problem halved. Let your team members know that they can come to you with problems and you’ll help them to find solutions.
• Yes, it’s a great cliché of business theory, but remember that there is no ‘I’ in ‘team’! What is in the best interests of the team should generally coincide with you own best interests.
• Be prepared to ‘take one for the team’, i.e. willingly make a personal sacrifice for the benefit of the team. There are few surer ways to get the respect of your colleagues.
• Accept the mistakes of others with good grace – and don’t compound your own mistakes by trying to hide them. We all learn from our mistakes – and from the mistakes of others.