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Characteristics of an excellent team member

Teamwork makes the dream work and when you are part of a great team, going to work in the morning feels joyous and exciting. Teamwork is everyone’s responsibility – and we can all learn some simple habits that can make us great team members. Here are 4 qualities that makes someone an excellent addition to the team.

They show commitment

Strong team players care about their work, the team, and the team’s work. They show up every day with this care and commitment up front. They want to give a good effort, and they want other team members to do the same. They come to work with the commitment of giving it 110% and expect others on the team to do the same.

They are reliable

A great team player is constantly reliable day in and day out, not just some of the time. You can count on them to get the job done, meet deadlines, keep their word and provide consistent quality work. With excellent performance, organisation and follow-through on tasks they develop positive work relationships with team members and keep the team on track.

They are flexible

Teams often deal with changing conditions – and often create changes themselves. Good team players roll with the punches; they adapt to ever-changing situations. They don’t complain or get stressed out because something new is being tried or some new direction is being set. In addition, flexible team members can consider different points of views and compromise when needed. Strong team players are firm in their thoughts yet open to what others have to offer.

They are empathetic

Empathy is about being aware of how other people feel. If you’re unable to put yourself in someone else’s shoes and see things from their viewpoint, people are not going to enjoy working with you. Learning how to listen to your colleagues and assess their mood based on their sub-communications will make you a much better team player. Team players know to respect people’s boundaries and embrace their individuality.

When you’re working with a great team, every day can feel like an adventure. With a bad team, the office can quickly become a dungeon. To be a great team player, you don’t have to be extroverted or indulge in self-promotion. In fact, great team players sport all kinds of personalities. You just need to be an active participant and do more than your job title states. Put the team’s objectives above yours and take the initiative to get things done without waiting to be asked. In return you will build positive perception, gain more visibility, and develop influential connections to get ahead in your career.

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