Personal Development

How to be a Good Team Player

In your life, there will always come instances where you will need to cooperate with other people, at these moments you might as well want to cooperate smoothly. To become a good team player, you need to develop certain qualities in you, one by one, to contribute your little mite in the greater good of the team.

Steps to be a Good Team Player:

1. Know Your Role As a Team Player

There are certain tasks assigned to you as a team member, of course, you might do some other things in the project just as well as you do your own but, you must be aware of your boundaries. You may give suggestions without intervention. At the end of the day what counts is how well you perform your role and accomplish what you had been assigned to do.

2. Agree With Disagreement

working on a project or playing a match, in a team you will always meet people with disparate ideas, thoughts, and opinions. Your thoughts and opinions about a subject might be completely different from another team member. At this point, instead of becoming biased, awaken the rational self in you, give importance to their ideas, and extrapolate them to see the consequences or possible outcomes that it might bring. Weigh each person’s view logically to know whether to discard or adopt it. It is but natural to disagree, there is no need to have envy or resentment for someone, it will only militate against you and your team. After all, your job as a team member is to figure out what works best for the team.

3. Cultivate Accountability

It is inevitable to blame others when things don’t work out for you and the team the way you wanted them to. What it does is that it stirs up disunity among the team members which can further lead to the doom of the team’s progress towards its objective. Whenever something exacerbates, we look outside of ourselves for reasons. What we don’t acknowledge is that we might inadvertently or promptly might have committed a mistake because it’s hard to hold ourselves accountable, actually, it’s painful. It displeases us to look at ourselves as the culprit. While accountability in itself brings an opportunity to hone our skills, by correcting our mistakes and learning from them. If you hold yourself accountable, your fellow team members take notice of that, and they respect you if you rectify your mistakes and become better.

4. Learn To Adapt

You Might sometimes be given tasks or roles that disparage your accomplishments. You might get disheartened, but you will still do it for you know it is for the greater good of the team. But even on the individual level, the discomfort and challenge that different tasks bring, makes you stronger and flexible. You will become a key member of the team for you know how to switch between roles.

5. Communicate With The Team

Let your team know about where you stand, are you making progress or are you stuck? In case you are stuck, your team members might assist you and uplift you. Healthy communication helps the team members to get to know each other. You learn about the strengths and weaknesses of your team members, your strengths might be someone’s weakness and vice versa. Knowing this fact you learn to coordinate properly. So it’s very important to exchange information in the team.

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6. Develop Empathy

To identify with another’s feelings and emotions is a blessing. It rewards you in ways you can never imagine. It allows you to connect with your team members more deeply. When they succeed, you too celebrate, creating an overall healthy environment that promotes productivity. When they fail in something at their job, you show care by empathizing with them, by giving the necessary emotional support to bring them back on track. This is what unites the team, when you understand each other better, you function better while working together.

7. Respect Others

Everyone has a role to play which is as crucial or critical as your own. They are also trying to fit in their roles and do what is in the best interest of the team. Recognize this and respect their efforts and endeavors as you would want them for you. A feeling of mutual respect and trust is what gives a strong base for healthy relationships amongst team members, which is beneficial towards the long term goals of your team.

These are the primary qualities that if developed, will ensure your place as a good team player. Along with this, you must have a problem-solving attitude and the willingness to volunteer for the dirty work. Spread positivity and share your gifts, work with your best intentions and help others to cultivate the genius in them, and you are on a path of becoming a great team player, an epitome of the multi-faceted congregation

Ankit Rathore
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Ankit Rathore

An enthusiast, an IITian and an avid learner. A free spirit with fragrance of creativity, living life in the chaos of it all.

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