Today the people in our work teams might be spread out across the country – or the world. It is easy to take it for granted that because of technology, we are able to work together and solve problems no matter where we are physically. The need for good teamwork will always be a necessity. How can we be good team players?
- Be humble. Unsurprisingly, being a good team player means not focusing on yourself or thinking that your ideas are the best. On the flip side, not having confidence in your ideas is also a violation of humility. As the saying goes: “Humility isn’t thinking less of ourselves; it’s thinking about ourselves less.”
“Humility isn’t thinking less of ourselves; it’s thinking about ourselves less.”
- Be hungry. Be willing to hustle. People who have a strong work ethic are often successful on teams because they don’t do the bare minimum. They want to do more than expected. When everyone on a team works hard, things go smoother.
- Be smart. Have common sense. Think before you speak. Think about what effects your actions will have on the project and on your team members.
It’s important to be able to identify what gaps your team has. And to look at yourself and see what you can to do make things run smoother.
What have you found to help your team run smoother?