In most team environments whether it’s a sport team or in the office there is usually that person that everyone wants to be in a team with. The person that makes you feel confident in contributing to discussions, the person you genuinely feel deserves that reward being given out and the person you secretly want to be too.
We compiled the 5 things the ultimate team player does so you can understand their ways and adopt them. So next time you’re in a team situation you can be that ultimate team player.
1. Take one for the team – even when an idea doesn’t work out perfectly the ultimate team player sticks up for that team member that worked really hard but couldn’t quite make the project work. Standing up for the person that is usually treated as scapegoat when things don’t go well will earn you respect and in the long run and loyalty from those around you.
2. Credit where credit is due – whilst it may be tempting to keep a slightly bigger slice of the glory for yourself. The ultimate team player shares how good Mike in IT was when you came to him with a problem and how Sandra from the other office had that great idea when you were chatting at lunch. People respect those who respect others. + You earn points for utilising the expertise of others in the workplace – it’s a leadership skill required to move you up the ladder into more senior positions.
3. You may be leading the team but that means you’re part of the team. The detached leader that delegates from afar but doesn’t know their team well &/or their team doesn’t feel comfortable coming to their leader for guidance creates a poor team environment. Team members can feel undervalued and fearful of thinking outside the box in problem solving if their isn’t the support of a leader present. You don’t want people who play it safe. You want a team who are confident in innovating.
4. Don’t leave anyone on the bench. Everyone has value in a team and sometimes it’s harder for shy people to put themselves forward and share what their strengths are when delegating. A good team player not only knows his strengths but he knows the strengths of others too. If you recognise a colleagues value they will feel more confident to recognise it in themselves & this positive cycle creates a more confident, proactive team.
5. Celebrate the victories and the failures. A good team player sees a problem as a challenge to overcome, and success as a team win. Reflecting with the whole team on project outcomes – positive and negative – in a constructive way creates a stronger team unit when value is created in the lessons and experiences shared. If a group has a culture of being open to talk about failures as well as successes, colleagues will feel more comfortable talking openly about challenges they’re facing as the project is being run. Creating a safe zone free from blame and negative criticism allows better cooperation and potential challenges to be overcome quicker if people don’t feel like they have to quietly fix it before anyone else notices.
Do a good deed today and share this with the person you think is worthy of the title of ultimate team player