When it comes to choosing a candidate for a new job or a promotion, employers consistently say they want a team player. This means someone who will consistently put the team goals and accountability ahead of their own situation. While this sounds obvious, it really does at times go against our own DNA.
We do have to work on how this can be done. The question is often asked, how exactly do you go about showing that you’re a team player? I have compiled below are the five tips for concrete ways you can show your dedication to the team.
- EXHIBIT FLEXIBILITY
Teams often deal with changing conditions — and often create changes themselves. Good team players roll with the punches; they adapt to ever-changing situations. They don’t complain or get stressed out because something new is being tried or some new direction is being set.
In addition, a flexible team member can consider different points of views and compromise when needed. He or she doesn’t hold rigidly to a point of view and argue it to death, especially when the team needs to move forward to make a decision or get something done. Strong team players are firm in their thoughts, yet open to what others have to offer, which is flexibility at its best.
- SHOW COMMITMENT TO THE TEAM
Strong team players care about their work, the team, and the team’s work. They show up every day with this care and commitment up front. They want to give their best effort, and they want other team members to do the same. Just showing up isn’t enough.
- WORK AS A PROBLEM-SOLVER
Teams, of course, deal with problems. Sometimes, it appears, that’s the whole reason why a team is created — to address problems. Good team players are willing to deal with all kinds of problems in a solutions-oriented manner. They’re problem-solvers, not problem-dwellers, problem-blamers, or problem-avoiders. Team players get problems out in the open for discussion and then collaborate with others to find solutions and form action plans.
- SHARE INFORMATION AND RESOURCES
Remember, you’re all there for one purpose – and by keeping everyone informed, you contribute to that goal. If you have past experiences or knowledge that can help others, then offer it. They’ll appreciate the help.
- KEEP A POSITIVE ATTITUDE
If you complain, delay, or give the tough assignments to others, people will notice – and they may start to avoid you. A positive attitude can be a refreshing change, and it will help others stay focused and productive as well.
Being an important part of a team means playing your role and playing to your strengths. When you have clarity of the role you play, you can play the role to the best of your ability. Learn more on becoming a great team leader with our Harmony Team Building course at The Coach Curl Academy. Available in our Silver Leadership or Gold Member levels, the course walks you through how best to lead a harmonious team that is effective and productive. Just $1 for the first 30 days.