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What Makes a Good Team Player

Teams made up of motivated and committed members are undoubtedly the most successful. But what makes a good team player?

Qualities Of A Good Team Player

While the qualities we’ve listed below aren’t the be all and end all of what makes a good team player, it’s fair to say they provide a solid foundation. Different teams have different strengths and dynamics, which certainly should be considered. But a high performing team, at its core, is comprised of a good mix of individuals who are passionate and committed to bringing their strengths to the table.

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8 Qualities That Make for a Successful Team

  • Commitment

All good team players should be committed to the goal they are working towards. And this grows out of passion and a clear understanding of their roles and responsibilities. It’s important for information to be communicated clearly to team members, alongside transparent targets and role definitions in order to gain their commitment.

Throughout the life of a team, commitment should also be reaffirmed at regular intervals. This comes through praise of achievements, rewards, and regular ‘catch-ups’ where team members discuss, share and feedback on their performance.

  • Collaboration

When teams collaborate effectively, they come up with solutions and new ideas. Therefore, it’s important for team players to be open and willing to work collaboratively, share new ideas, give constructive feedback and demonstrate creativity.

Collaboration also means communicating effectively and being open to change. This is particularly true in constantly changing organisations, where teams must adapt quickly and continue to achieve.

  • Accountability

Good team players understand the value of their contributions and the impact their actions have on the performance of the team. It’s important to distinguish taking accountability from finger pointing. The first means that individuals make informed decisions with confidence and learn from their mistakes – with the right support. While finger pointing is unproductive and demotivating.

Nurturing a sense of accountability in individual team members means providing the right training, processes and support systems to ensure everyone is able to justify their decisions and reflect on them for the future.

 

  • Flexibility

All teams will be working to a plan, deadline or timeline – but flexibility is important too. Flexibility gives room for team members to deal with challenges as they arise and overcome obstacles with ease.

  • Optimism

Team members who are optimistic and look to the future are more motivated to perform and exceed expectations. Individuals with a positive attitude who can deal with challenges without getting panicked or stressed are an asset to any team, and it’s a quality that should be nurtured in any way possible.

In many cases, optimism comes from the top down. If a leader or manager presents as optimistic and excited for the future, team players will generally model this. Optimism doesn’t mean burying your head in the sand however! Instead it means celebrating achievements and focusing on how problems or obstacles can be overcome, without losing the faith.

  • Motivation

The final quality of a good team player is motivation. Ideally, teams should be made up of people who are driven to succeed and motivated to push themselves. In some cases, individuals may need some help in motivating and pushing themselves. A way to help this along is with clear and consistent personal development plans, which identify the strengths of team players and address how they can build their skills in order to excel within their role.

Of course, you will never be able to stop challenges from knocking the confidence of a team player – at least temporarily. But resilient, motivated and tenacious individuals will have the skills to push through and turn a potential negative into a positive.

Take Your Team to The Next Level

The 8 points listed above are just some of the key factors involved in creating a well-performing team. If you’re looking to take your team to the next level, why not check out our extensive range of team building activities? Voted the “Best Event Provider” for 2017, 2018 and 2019, we are renowned for delivering high quality team building days out at venues across the UK. You can also contact us directly with any questions!

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