10 Qualities Of An Effective Team Player

Succeeding as a team is an effective motivator of employee performance. A good team leader enables team members to collaborate and communicate more effectively. They also need to take a good look at the team and diagnose what is hampering communication and decision-making.

Common problems in a team:

  • Conflicting styles of decision-making: Your job as team leader is make decisions based on principles rather than personality.
  • Lack of trust: Trust is essential for any team- it is the foundation of collaboration. It takes a leader who is willing to show integrity and take on the hard work of dealing with differences to build trust within a team

As well as needing a strong team leader, teams need strong team players to perform well and take initiative.

Ten Qualities of an Effective Team Player

1. Communicate constructively: Do not shy away from making a point but make it in the best way possible — clearly, directly, and respectfully.
2. Listen: Teams need team players who can absorb and understand ideas without debating every point. Such a team member also can receive criticism without reacting defensively.
3. Actively participate: Be prepared in meetings, listen and speak up in discussions. Engage in the work of the team and do not sit passively on the sidelines.
4. Support the team: Team players show courtesy and consideration to other team members.
5. Share: Share information, knowledge, and experience. Take the initiative to keep other team members informed. Good team players are active in informal sharing – they pass along important to keep other team members in the loop.
6. Cooperates: Work with others and act together to accomplish a job. Respond to requests for assistance and take the initiative to offer help.
7. Flexible: Teams often deal with changing conditions — and often create changes. A flexible team member can consider different points of views and compromise when needed.
8. Solve problems: Team players get problems out in the open for discussion and then collaborate with others to find solutions and form action plans.
9. Commitment: Strong team players care about their work, the team, and the team’s work. They want to give a good effort, and they want other team members to do the same.
10. Reliable: Make sure you do your fair share and meet commitments. Be consistent – deliver a good performance all the time, not just some of the time.

When a team takes on full responsibility for their own success, they are more productive and make better decisions. Strong team leaders and good team players are the foundation of a successful business.

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Matthew Stibbe is writer-in-chief at Articulate Marketing. He is also an avid blogger, closet geek and HP fanatic.