They say ‘united we stand divided we fall’ it means if there is no unity the team crumbles. A team must have a common interest one goal which is to win. A team must be in one accord always to succeed. A team is not made up of just an individual a team is made up of individuals. In a team, one covers the other’s weakness. A team is not a broomstick but a broom. A team is a forest not a tree. A team always stick to the plan. A team takes the praise and the blame not the individual. For you to be in a team, then team work is key. This is because team work makes the dream work. We all work as a team one way or the other. For you to be in this world with people means God wants us as humans to work together. No matter how good you think you are there is always something you can’t do that someone can do better. Like I said earlier when defining a team, each person covers the other’s weakness. It’s like a football match everyone has got a role to play. For you to work in a team, you’ve gotta be a good team player. Do you play your strengths in a team? Do you contribute or you’re just the type that will just sit and let others do the brainstorming? Are you a show-off in a team? Do you interact? All these are what we’re going to be resolving today on Danny world. The question is how can I be a good team player? Here is Danny’s five (5) rules to how to be a good team player.
To be a good team player here is what you do;
1. UNDERSTAND THE TEAM’S OBJECTIVE
On the occasions that teams don’t function well, it’s often
because there’s a lack of communication and understanding
about what the group’s objectives are.
If you want to be a good team player, make sure you understand
the group’s goals. Ask key questions like these:
Why are we here?
What is the ‘perfect ending’ to this project?
What is our deadline?
How often will we meet?
What is our budget?
Who is in charge of implementing our ideas?
What roles and responsibilities will each of us have?
Be clear about what you’re there to do. This will help you
complete your tasks to the best of your abilities.
2. BE RELIABLE
We’ve probably all worked with people who have made
promises they didn’t keep. It’s frustrating when someone says
one thing and does another, and it can really slow a group’s
You can be a valuable asset to your team simply by delivering
what you said you would do – on time. For some people, it’s all
too easy (and, unfortunately, quite common) to make promises
they can’t keep. But you may really surprise and impress people
by following through on what you say you’ll do. If you commit
to completing something for the group by the end of the day,
make sure you do it. If you say you’ll attend the 5:30 meeting,
don’t be late.
Being reliable also applies to the work you do for the group. If
you have high standards, people will depend on you to produce
quality work. If your output is excellent one day, but only
average the next, the team may regard you as being unreliable.
3. BE A GOOD COMMUNICATOR
Be involved and active within the group. If you sit silently while
someone else discusses an idea that you know won’t work, you
could damage the team’s chances of achieving its outcomes. If
you’re got an alternative suggestion that might be more
effective, then share it with the group.
The opposite applies as well: If people discuss a plan that you
think is great, then speak up. Tell them what an inspiring idea
you think it is. They might really need and appreciate your
support, even if they don’t show it.
When you communicate with your team members – whether
showing support, or challenging their thinking – it’s important
to stay positive and respectful. Even if you disagree with
someone, don’t become emotional. Being objective and fair will
make a good impression; getting upset and angry won’t.
4. STAY FLEXIBLE
If you’ve ever worked with a team, you probably know that
things can change quickly. People may join or leave the group,
budgets may be reduced, or goals may be redefined.
The best team players know how to be flexible. They don’t fight
change – instead, they see it as a new opportunity for growth.
You may find that that the group members, the approaches you
use, and the goals you started with have all changed by the time
you’ve finished. By staying flexible, you can take advantage of
the new opportunities that arise during the project, and you’ll be
able to help others do the same.
Your willingness to remain comfortable and positive in a
constantly changing environment is an important tool both in business and as a team.
For you to be a good team player, you must be able to socialize with people. Imagine a team where everyone is just mute no one talking or saying anything to each other? Weird right? That’s how it’s gonna be like if you don’t relate. Build that cordial relationship up within the team. From these interactions, ideas are shared and contributions are made for the benefit of the team.
And that’s Danny’s five (5) rules to how to be a good team player. This is Danny world we’re talking we’re sharing and we’re learning. You’re welcome to Danny world let’s talk. Happy New Month guys!