How to be a good team member

10 Mar

“Coming together is a beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success.” Henry Ford

Being a good team player helps a project succeed. There are several aspects that contribute to being a good team member and here are just 6 of them.

Reliable
In a team you should feel like you can depend on the other members.You want someone who’ll do their fair share of the work and meet the goals/objectives set out for them.The key is consistency. They should deliver a high quality performance all the time, not just some of the time.

Communicative
As any article will tell you, you can not be a good team member without clear communication.You should remain objective and refrain from letting your emotions get the best of you.When conveying your message you should be respectful of other people and the work they have done.You should feel free to share your opinion whether it is some constructive criticism or an inspiring idea.

Good Listener
This is an essential part of communication.It helps the team function properly. As well as expressing ideas you should listen to the other members of your team. Their thoughts and opinions could prove invaluable.
“Most important, for effective communication and problem solving, team members need the discipline to listen first and speak second so that meaningful dialogue results.”

Flexible
Business and I.S projects are consistently changing so team members have to be able to adapt and change with it.You have to mould yourself into the team and re-evaluate your role from time to time to ensure you are contributing all you can.

Problem Solver
Team players deal with problems head on and do not avoid them.They do not point fingers when something goes wrong,instead they try to come up with a solution.
“Team players get problems out in the open for discussion and then collaborate with others to find solutions and from action plans.”

Supportive
Team players support the other members in the team to get the work done. They give them back up when they have good ideas and give them confidence.
“They do not place conditions on when they will provide assistance, when they will choose to listen, and when they will share information.”

Sources:http://www.dummies.com/how-to/content/ten-qualities-of-an-effective-team-player.html
http://www.mindtools.com/pages/article/newTMM_53.htm
http://info.shine.com/Career-Advice-Articles/Leadership-Teamwork/10-tips-to-be-a-good-team-player/1092/cid31.aspx

One Response to “How to be a good team member”

  1. sad112540853 March 10, 2013 at 9:03 pm #

    I completely agree with this, great blog!🙂

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