Being able to work as part of a team is a vital role that many people in the working world need to be able to fill. Not only does being a team player mean that projects are completed more smoothly and great work is likely to be produced, but it can also help with personal growth.
Being able to work as part of a team is a vital role that many people in the working world need to be able to fill. Not only does being a team player mean that projects are completed more smoothly and great work is likely to be produced, but it can also help with personal growth. By proving that you can work as part of a team, you automatically cultivate a good reputation for yourself among your co-workers and gain respect from those around you in the working environment. Here are a few ways in which you can ensure you’re a successful team player.
Being a team player means showing your colleagues that you are reliable. Things such as arriving to work on time as well as consistently meeting deadlines can help prove to your co-workers that you are dependable and therefore a valuable asset to the team. People want to know that they can count on you to get things done and that you will always act in the best interest of the team and its objectives. Showing you’re capable is key. Demonstrating your reliability can help build trust and respect between you and your fellow co-workers.
Understand the team’s objectives
In order to perform as best you can within a team, you need to be able to identify and fully understand the team’s goals. Without this knowledge, there’s no way the team will be able to function well, and in turn, those objectives can’t possibly be achieved. Make sure you have a thorough grasp on what needs to be done and then do whatever you can to ensure those goals are met.
Adaptability is key
Part of being a successful team player is being able to adapt to new situations, and fast. When you’re working on a project, things can very often change quickly, which means that you need to be able to adjust accordingly so that the project can proceed as planned. Being adaptable also means having a degree of flexibility. A strong team player will have no problem coming in earlier or leaving later if it’s going to benefit the team and the overall project. Change is inevitable when you’re working in a team and instead of resisting it, you should embrace it and see it as a growth opportunity. Flexibility ultimately shows your willingness to succeed.
Hone those communication skills
Very often it’s poor communication (or a lack thereof) that proves to be the downfall of a team. When you work as part of a team, it’s important that you find the right balance between being an effective communicator and a good listener. Whilst it’s vital to have your say and make suggestions, you also need to make an effort not to interrupt others when they’re talking. Really listening to others’ input is the mark of a true team player, as is honing the ability to deliver what you have to say (be it a suggestion or a criticism) in a way that is not offensive, rude or demeaning. Ultimately, how you communicate is often in line with your attitude: if you’re positive, your words will come across as such, but if not, then those words can be potentially damaging.
Respect your colleagues
Apart from having excellent communication skills, all the members of a team need to have a mutual respect for one another. You’re not always going to get along with every one you work with, but it’s important you don’t let your personal feelings towards someone affect the smooth-running of a team. Try and focus on the good things your co-workers do, rather than hanging on to all the things that may bother you about them. If you don’t have respect for those you work with and this affects your productivity as a team, then the project is likely to fail. Nurture a collaborative attitude rather than a combative one.
In the modern business world, having the ability to be a team player can help you grow as an individual as well as in your career.