Team Play: How to be a Better Team Player
If you want to accomplish something significant, you’ll need a lot of people’s support and collaboration. Many jobs simply cannot be completed by one person working alone; therefore, anytime the task at hand exceeds the capacity of any single person working alone, a team must be formed.
Aim to be a team player who can collaborate well with others. Working well with others demonstrates your dedication to accomplishing both personal and organizational objectives. Consistently demonstrating collaborative abilities demonstrates a strong work ethic, boosting your chances of receiving raises, promotions, and other rewards. Continually concentrating on being a better team member, regardless of your experience level or position, will lead to career success.
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Here are some qualities you can work on to be a team player.
Teams frequently deal with changing conditions or even create them. Good team players should maintain their cool and be able to adjust to changing circumstances. Try not to grumble or become overly stressed just because something new or different, whether it’s ideas or viewpoints, is being introduced into your team.
Instead, actively consider different points of view and, and when necessary, compromise. Do not be stubborn and shut off (constructive) comments, especially when the team needs to move forward to reach a decision or complete a task.
Flexibility in your role will therefore allow you to learn more and assist your team. Consider every opportunity to learn and grow as an individual and as a team.
Show Cooperation and Commitment to the Team
Cooperation is defined as the act of collaborating with others and operating as a team to complete a task. Strong team players are concerned not only with their own job, but also with the work of the team. They want to put out a strong effort and expect others on their team to do the same.
As a result, despite any differences in perspective you may have with other team members, find methods to communicate to solve problems and complete tasks.
You should be fully devoted to the team. If you can demonstrate to others that you believe in the team, the process, and the goals, you will be a great team player. This kind of optimism will dramatically boost everyone’s mood and productivity.
You can always count on a reliable team member to handle difficulties and contribute his fair share of hard work and good performance. To be one, you must first understand your role in the team and then work diligently to complete your duties to the best of your ability.
Good team players are also willing to work through a variety of issues in a problem-solving approach. They solve problems rather than avoid them. They don’t search for others to blame and don’t avoid dealing with problems.
Begin to be a competent and empathetic member of your team.
Speak out and share your thoughts and ideas in a clear, honest, and respectful manner to others and the team’s work. That is what productive communication requires. Such a team member does not hesitate to voice a point but does so in the most positive, confident, and courteous manner possible.
On the other end of the communication spectrum, good listeners are just as important for a team’s success. Team members must be able to accept and consider other people’s thoughts and perspectives without fighting and arguing over every single little detail. Most importantly, team members must have the discipline to listen first and speak second in order to have a constructive discussion.
And, of course, with today’s teams becoming increasingly diverse, language barriers can easily become a major roadblock to successful communication. For example, you wouldn’t want your teams to fail just because of a minor pronunciation issue.
If your business is like most other businesses, where you operate in English, consider ELSA Speak as your English training option. Find out more about our ELSA for Organizations and ELSA Speak application, and see how we can help your employees improve their English communication skills, and empower them to be better team players.