How to be an Excellent Team Player

No human is an island and in one way or the other, we get to interact with people, be it in school, at work, church, etc. And in these different relationships, there usually arise situations whereby one is involved in an activity that requires being in a team in order to achieve a goal. For example, any semester I get to register a literature course in school, I am always fixed in a group for group assignments. And in these different groups, there is usually a goal aimed at being achieved.

Regardless of the number of members that make up a team, if there is no cooperation amongst them, there would be little or no success achieved. For example, if you watch football, you would notice that on the pitch, the players cannot do without one another. Even the best player who scores the most goals in every match needs another player to pass the ball to him before he can score. Also, the goalkeeper is not, in all strength, able to keep the opponent from scoring. He gets to be assisted by the defender in order to fend off external attacks. This is the same way a team works as no one is sufficient on his own.

Now, how do you become an excellent team player in any team you find yourself in? I will be sharing with you some things that will help you be more productive as a team member.

1. Make the team a priority

Making your team a priority and being fully committed as a team player will help you to be more productive. If you are put in a group for an assignment or a project or if you volunteer in an organization, take the work as important to you and get fully committed to the cause in order to bring about success.

2. Make sure your personal goals align with the team’s

Can two work together except they agree? I doubt that. It is important that you make sure that you are interested in the goals of your team. This is very important as it will help you to cooperate with other team members and ensure success in the end.

3. Be responsible in your duties

Do what is expected of you at the time it is expected. At times, it is usually annoying when a team member defaults in his responsibilities as this could slow down the team or even impede success. Always be diligent and responsive to duties and in situations whereby you may default, it is better to inform other members on time in order to avoid problems.

4. Be a good communicator

Becoming a good team player requires being able to communicate effectively with other team members. Be an assertive communicator by clearly stating your opinions and ideas without disrespecting other people’s opinions. Also, you could show your acceptance of another team member’s idea if it would move the team forward; this is useful as it would challenge the thinking of others. It is also important to be a good listener and not just a hearer by being evaluative of others’ opinions and expressing your agreement or disagreement in a pleasant and respectful way.

5. Take to corrections

As humans, we are bound to make mistakes and no one is beyond correction, except one who does not want to grow. In order to work effectively as a team member, you need to take to corrections and own up to your mistakes while taking responsibility for them.

6. Concentrate more on winning as a team

Focus more on winning as a team, rather than concentrating on taking the glory for yourself. Share the wins, not the blame, and cooperate with other group members to achieve the team’s aims.

Cheers to being an excellent team player!

Are there any other vital things that I didn’t include? Feel free to share with me in the comments below.

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