The Essential Qualities of a Team Player

While everyone agrees that a high-quality, cohesive team is essential to the success of any business, there has been much debate over precisely what elements contribute to the making of such a team.  While some attribute team success to scientific factors such as psychological makeup and the science of interaction, others opt to explain with concepts such as synergy, chemistry and the like.

The one thing we can all agree on however is that any great team is made up of great players.  In his exploration of what it takes to be a great team player, I would like to present what I believe to be fifteen essential competencies that define the ideal team member.

1) Collaboration; Exceptional team members understand that working together precedes winning together and a knack for collaborating with others is essential.

2)  Dependability; Teams go to go-to players and dependable team members become indispensable as far as offering support to fellow team members.


3)  Communication: A team is many voices with a single heart and clear communication makes the song just that much sweeter.

4)  Commitment: Because there are no halfhearted champions.

5)  Adaptability: If you won’t adapt and change for the team, the team may change you.

6)  Intention: Make every action count.

7)  Mission Consciousness: An ability to focus on the big picture brings long-term success through clarity.

8)  Preparation: Preparation can mean the difference between winning and losing.

9)  Relational Orientation: If you get along, others will go along.

10)  Self-Improving: To improve the team, you must have a genuine interest in improving yourself.

11)  Solution Oriented: Make a resolution to find the solution.

12)  Competence: If you can’t, your team won’t.

13)  Disciplined: Where there’s a will, there ‘s a win.

14)  Enlarging: Adding value to teammates is invaluable.

15) Tenacious: Never quit. Never.


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