Are you an asset or a liability? Are you a good team player who contributes to the team’s success or a social loafer who likes to blend into the background where your lack of effort isn’t easily spotted? Teams and teamwork make for a great sound bite – but in your world – the real world – do they produce the kinds of results your company wants? Or do they create more problems than they are worth? For the most part, management can’t expect to throw people together – call them a team – and have them perform as a team without letting you know what they expect from a good team player.
Worth Remembering … “Individual commitment to a group effort – that is what makes a team work, a company work, a society work, a civilization work.” – Vince Lombardi
What would you put on that list if you had to put together a list of what you thought makes a good team player? Would you put:
- Honesty: I would expect a good team player to be honest and upfront and tell the truth no mattter what. If people can’t trust what you say – they can’t trust you at all.
- Integrity: I would expect a good team player to have strong moral principles and live by them.
- Openminded: I would expect a good team player to be open-minded, willing to consider new ideas and not be stuck in the old way of doing things because you’ve always done it that way.
- Flexible: I would expect a good team player to positively respond to circumstances and changing conditions.
- Patient: I would expect a good team player to accept delays or problems without becoming annoyed or anxious.
- Empathetic: I would expect a good team player to understand and share the feelings of other team players.
Worth Remembering … “We are not a team because we work together. We are a team because we respect, trust, and care for each other.” – Unknown
Action speakers louder than words. What are you prepared to do to show everyone on your team – that you are a good team player? Are you an asset or a liability?
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