Top 10 Qualities of a Team Player
What Is a Teamwork?
Teamwork is defined as a “joint action by a group of people, in which each person subordinates his or her individual interests and opinions to the unity and efficiency of the group.” This does not that the individual is no important; it means that effective and efficient teamwork goes beyond individual accomplishments. The most effective teamwork is produced when all the individuals involved harmonize their contributions and work towards a common goal.
Characteristics Of An Effective Team:
- The team must have a clear goal.
- Avoid fuzzy, motherhood statements.
- Team goals should call for a specific performance, objective, expressed so concisely that everyone knows when the objective has been met.
- The team must have a results-driven structure.
- The team should be allowed to operate in a manner that produces results. It is often best to allow the team to develop the structure.
- The team must have competent team members.
- In the education system, this can be taken to mean that the problem given to the team should be one that the other members can tackle given their level of knowledge.
- The team must have a unified commitment.
- This does not mean that team members must agree on everything. It means that all individuals must be directing their efforts towards the goal.
- If an individual’s efforts are going purely towards personal goals, then the team will confront this and resolve the problem.
- The team must have a collaborative climate.
- It is a climate of trust produced by honest, open, consistent, and respectful behavior.
- With these teams perform well…. without it, they fail.
- The team must have high standards that are understood by all.
- Team members must know what is expected of them individually and collectively.
- Vague statements such as “positive attitude” and demonstrated effort” are not good enough.
- The team must receive external support and encouragement.
- Encouragement and praise work just as well in motivating teams as it does with individuals.
- The team must have principled leadership.
- Teams usually need someone to lead the effort.
- Team members must know that the team leader has the position because they have good leadership skills and are working for the good of the team.
- The team members will be less supportive of the feel that the team leader is putting him/herself above the team, achieving personal recognition, or otherwise benefiting from the position.
Who Is a Team Player?
Many employment ads mention that the successful candidate will be a team player. Employers want employees to be comfortable working as part of a team. It’s important for a new employee to fit in with and get along with the other workers in order for the organization to run smoothly in a spirit of cooperation.
A team player is not necessarily liked by everyone, nor does team player usually like everyone on the team. However, a true team player is an employee that can be counted on to do his or her part of the work and be relied on to complete tasks and work cooperatively with others. Each team player should know his or her role and how his or her job fits in with the others. No matter what office politics are occurring, each team member must do his or her part.
If each person on the team makes a point to treat each member of the team with respect no matter what personal matters or matters of office politics are between them, they can still operate as team players working to get the job done.
Qualities Of a Team Player:
If you are choosing team members for a business team in your organization, who would the best team players be? Assuming that people have the right technical skills for the work to be done, what other factors would you use to select your team members, have a look:
1. Demonstrates Reliability:
You can count on a reliable team member who gets work done and does his fair share to work hard and meet commitments. He or she follows through on assignments. Consistency is key. You can count on him or her to deliver good performance all the time, not just someone of the time.
2. Communicates Constructively:
Teams need people who speak up and express their thoughts and ideas clearly, directly, honestly, and with respect for others and for the work of the team. That’s what it means to communicate constructively. Such a team member does not shy away from making a point but makes it in the best way possible in a positive, confident, and respectful manner.
3. Listens Actively:
Good listeners are essential for teams to function effectively. Teams need team players who can absorb, understand, and consider ideas and points of view from other people without debating and arguing every point. Such a team member also can receive criticism without reacting defensively so that meaningful dialogue results.
4. Functions As an Active Participant:
Good team players are active participants. They come prepared for team meetings and listen and speak up in discussions. They are fully engaged in the work of the team and do not sit passively on the sidelines. Team members who function as active participants take the initiative to help make things happen, and they volunteer for assignments. Their whole approach is can-do: “What contribution can I make to help the team achieve success?”
5. Shares Openly and Willingly:
Good team player Share. They are willing to share information, knowledge, experience. They take the initiative to keep other team members informed. Much of the communication within teams takes place informally. Beyond discussion at organized meetings, team members need to feel comfortable talking with one another and passing along important news and information day-to-day information. Good team players are active in this informal sharing. They keep other team members in the loop and share information and expertise that helps get the job done and prevent surprises.
Cooperation is the act of working with others and acting together to accomplish a job. Effective team players work this way by second nature. Good team players, despite the differences they may have with other team members concerning style and perspective, figure out ways to work together to solve problems and get work done. They respond to requests for assistance and take initiative to offer help.
7. Exhibits 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 view and compromise when needed. He or she does not 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 flexibility at its best.
8. Shows 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 a good effort, and they want other team members to do the same.
9. Works As a Problem-solver:
Teams, of course, deal with the 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 solution-oriented manner. They are problem-solvers, not problem-dwellers do. And they don’t put off dealing with issues, the avoiders do. Team players get problems out in the open for discussion and then collaborate with others to find solutions and form action plans.
10. Treats Others In a Respectful and Supportive manner:
Team players treat fellow team members with courtesy and consideration not just some of the time but consistently. In addition, they show understanding and the appropriate support of other team members to help get the job done. They don’t place conditions on when they will provide assistance, when they will choose to listen, and when they will share information. Good team players also have a sense of humor and know how to have fun (and all teams can use a bit of both), but they don’t have fun at someone else’s expense. Quite simply, effective team players deal with other people in a professional manner.
Stages Of Team Growth:
It is important for employers and employees (the team members) to know that teams don’t just form immediately start working together to accomplish great things. There are actually stages of team growth and teams must be given time to work through the stages and become effective. Team growth can be separated into four stages.
When a team is forming, members cautiously explore the boundaries of acceptable group behavior. They search for their position within the group and test the leader’s guidance. It is normal for little team progress to occur during this stage.
Storming is probably the most difficult stage for the group. Members often become impatient about the lack of progress but are still inexperienced with working as a team. Members may argue about the actions they should take because they faced with ideas that are unfamiliar to them and put them outside their comfort zones. Much of their energy is focused on each other instead of achieving the goal.
During this stage teams, members accept the team and begin to reconcile differences. Emotional conflict is reduced as relationships become more cooperative. The team is able to concentrate more on their work and start to make significant progress.
By this stage, the team members have discovered and accepted each other’s strengths and weaknesses and learned what their roles are. Members are open and trusting and many good ideas are produced because they are not afraid to offer ideas and suggestions. They are comfortable using decision-making tools to evaluate ideas, prioritize tasks, and solve problems. Much accomplished and team accomplished and team satisfaction and loyalty are high.
Since working as part of a team can improve learning and is a much-needed skill in today’s workplace, some team exercises should be included in the classroom. With well planned out tasks, careful guidance, and close observation, instructors can make team exercises extremely valuable learning experiences.