Being a good team player

Have you ever wondered what are the benefits of being a good team player? Is it just a job requirement? Teamwork isn’t just good for the company’s morale; it also sets you up for greater success at your job. Teamwork brings together different points of view and allows for creativity and fresh ideas to flourish. Plus, you have trusted people, and have great support, which means there’s less stress and work solely resting on your shoulders.

Here are some tips that will help you become a great team player:

Meet your deadlines

To earn your co-workers’ support, you have to be reliable, reliability is especially important during group projects; after all, if you miss a deadline, your mistake can negatively affect the entire team.

Be open-minded

Part of being a team player is being open to other people’s ideas and perspectives, this means improving your listening skills and being receptive to feedback from co-workers. So, instead of getting defensive when you receive constructive criticism, see what you can learn from their advice.

Appreciate other people’s work styles

Figuring out how to work well with a variety of personalities can be challenging, particularly in today’s multinational workforce, however, understanding how each of your colleague’s works best can make you a better team player, altering your communication style to different personalities can help you avoid issues with co-workers and work together more efficiently.

Adapt quickly

Not everything you do as a team is going to result in success; there will be plenty of flops along the way. But getting hung up on mistakes only throws a wrench in the gears of progress. That’s why flexibility is one of the key traits of a team player.

Focus on the team’s goals

While you want to differentiate yourself as a “top performer” , it’s still important to focus on the bigger picture when working on a group project, you may have done a great job on the part of a presentation you were responsible for, but that matters very little if the overall project fails to achieve what you needed it to do.

 

By Eman Almansoor