Thursday, March 28, 2019

Traits of a Great Team Player

Team PlayerThe official season opener of the 2019 baseball season is this week! To commemorate that occasion, I want to share some real wisdom from the legendary Babe Ruth, who slugged his way into history. He said, “The way a team plays as a whole determines its success. You may have the greatest bunch of individual stars in the world, but if they don’t play together, the club won’t be worth a dime.”

Leadership is one of my passions. Helping executives, business owners, and managers develop the skills to lead effectively is very satisfying. But no organization can run smoothly if everybody is a boss – and, in reality, the majority of people function best in a supportive role. So, if you’re not the person in charge, focus on learning and demonstrating the traits of a great team player.

Monday, March 10, 2014

Being a Great Team Player

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Leadership is one of my passions.  Helping executives, business owners, and managers develop the skills to lead effectively is very satisfying.  But no organization can run smoothly if everybody is a boss – and the majority of us function best in a supportive role.  So, if you’re not the person in charge, how can you be the most helpful as a member of your team?

Here are some tips for being a great team player:

1. Set ego aside – Maybe you’ve heard it before: Great things can be done when you don’t care who gets the credit.  Focus on the contribution you can make, not the credit you hope to receive.  At the end of the day, knowing you were part of a successful effort is extremely rewarding.

2. Be solution-focused – If your team has been given a goal, spend your time and energy working toward making it happen. Be willing to listen to others’ ideas, brainstorm with an open mind and realize that your idea may or may not be the best way to accomplish the goal. It’s more important that the project is successful than who gets their way.

3. Learn to understand your teammates – People have distinctly different behavioral styles. Learn to observe how others operate; are they detailed, visionary, extroverted, introverted, task driven, people oriented, talkative, quiet? Sometimes we don’t understand how others do things, but it’s important to realize that a well-rounded team needs a variety of styles in order to accomplish goals. The old saying goes, “It takes all kinds,” and it does!

4. Focus on your role, and not everybody else’s – Any team project or goal will have a better chance of being completed well and on time if you make an honest effort to do the part you