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Teams often deal with change. Good team players adapt to ever-changing situations without complaining.

A flexible team member also considers different points of views and compromise when needed.

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Ten Qualities of an Effective Team Player - dummies

Ten Qualities of an Effective Team Player - dummies

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Demonstrate reliability

You can count on a reliable team member who gets work done consistently, does his fair share to work hard and meet commitments.

Communicate constructively

Teams need people who speak up and express their thoughts and ideas clearly, directly, honestly, and with respect for others. 

Listen actively

Teams need team players who listen first and speak second. They need players that can absorb, understand, and consider ideas and points of view from other people without arguing every point.

Active participants

Good team players are fully engaged in the work of the team and do not sit passively on the sidelines. They take the initiative to help make things happen, and they volunteer for assignments.

Share openly and willingly

Good team players are active in sharing information, knowledge, and experience. They take the initiative to keep team members informed.

Cooperation

Cooperation is the act of working with others and acting together to accomplish a job.

Good team players figure out ways to work together to solve problems and get work done.

Show flexibility

Teams often deal with change. Good team players adapt to ever-changing situations without complaining.

A flexible team member also considers different points of views and compromise when needed.

Show commitment to the team

Strong team players care about their work, the team, and the team’s work. They want to give their best and expect other team members to do the same.

Work as a problem-solver

Good team players are willing to deal with all kinds of problems in a solutions-oriented manner. 

They do not dwell on problems, blame others or avoid problems. Team players get problems out in the open for discussion and then collaborate with others to find solutions and form action plans.

Treat others with respect

Effective team players deal with other people in a professional manner. They show understanding and the appropriate support of other team members to help get the job done. They treat fellow team members with courtesy and consideration.

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Be Flexible

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Show enthusiasm

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  • Actionable. Feedback must include immediate next steps.
  • Warranted. Give your employees room for mistakes and learn from them.

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If you are the manager, make final decisions. And to do so decisively: evaluate all the options in front of you, hear and absorb everyone's arguments, and ultimately make the final call, with arguments. 

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