Qualities of a Great Team Player

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By: Josefina Romano, DPS Marketing Coordinator & Blogger

Working as part of a team is essential to finding success within any company regardless of its size. Every team mate makes a big impact on the big picture whether they are part of a 2 person team or a 30 person team. The success of every team depends on the caliber of the team members that compose it and how well they collaborate with their teammates. According to a survey conducted by the Clear Company, 97% of employees and executives believe lack of alignment within a team impacts the outcome of a task or project. If are you interested in becoming a better team player, here are some tips to get you on the right path to team player success. 

Having the ability to communicate effectively

Every relationship requires clear and constant communication. Whether it is the relationship between you and your manager, or with you and your teammates – communication is key. Without it, teams fall apart. This is important because it can avoid many of the downfalls that teams face such as working harder not smarter, doing duplicate work, disconnected work that doesn’t add up to the bigger picture and a lack of effective collaboration. Forgetting to communicate to your team, even with the minute details can derail the team’s momentum. So, in order to be a great teammate, ensure that you keep clear communication amongst your teammates whether it’s through a reoccurring meeting, via email or even a text. Communicate, communicate, communicate! 

Keeping your curiosity

Teams are usually formed due the classic mantra that ‘two brains are better than one’. The more people on a team, the more creativity and problem-solving ideas you will have. The key to keeping the curiosity and ideas flowing is to always have open discussions and think-tanks with your colleagues. Share your ideas and keep an open mind for other people’s thoughts. Maintaining your curiosity to learn and the desire to innovate can skyrocket your team’s success. 

Being adaptable and flexible

While we all wish we could live in a perfect world where everything works out exactly how we planned it and at the exact time we planned it, that is simply not realistic. This is why keeping an adaptable and flexible attitude can make you a good team player. There are times when you will have to pivot from project to project, and being capable of doing just that, can make you stand out as a star player. Always be prepared for the next thing and be able to positively react to change. 

Be versatile

Be a “jack-of-all-trades”. Don’t limit yourself only to the tasks assigned to you. Actively make an effort to learn what your other team mates do. The more you know, the bigger an asset you will become for your team. Being versatile can also mean being open to leadership when the team needs it and knowing how to take directions when necessary. Being a versatile team member can make your teammates feel like they can truly count on you.

Being positive and understanding

“When teams institute positive, virtuous practices they achieve significantly higher levels of organizational effectiveness.” states a research article published by the Journal of Applied Behavioral Science. Many teams are composed of different types of personalities – and being known as one of the positive and constructive team members makes you a vital member of the team. Being positive comes in many different forms, it means being open to listening to new ideas, having constructive discussions and meetings, being optimistic about change and always striving for more. When you become a person that your teammates are excited to work with you’ll know that you are on the path to becoming a great team player. 

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