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3 Key Qualities of a Good Team Player

Talk It Out

Communicating means more than simply talking. To improve your connection with people:

  • Be candid. Don't harbor hidden agendas and air messages through third parties.
  • Be quick. If something is bothering you, address the problem within 24 hours.
  • Be inclusive. Open communication increases trust.

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3 Key Qualities of a Good Team Player

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Talk It Out

Communicating means more than simply talking. To improve your connection with people:

  • Be candid. Don't harbor hidden agendas and air messages through third parties.
  • Be quick. If something is bothering you, address the problem within 24 hours.
  • Be inclusive. Open communication increases trust.

Be Flexible

The best attribute to bring to a team is adaptability. To become more flexible in your thinking:

  • Keep learning. Jot down new information as you learn it.
  • Think beyond your role. Learn a little bit about everyone’s duties, especially those higher up on the ladder than you. 
  • Think creatively. Look for unconventional solutions when you meet a challenge.

Show enthusiasm

Grow your enthusiasm by:

  • Showing a sense of urgency. Give yourself deadlines for completing the steps of a project.
  • Taking on more. Do what is required and then go beyond the assignment.
  • Striving for excellence. Nothing breeds enthusiasm like the feeling of success that follows a job well done.

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

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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.

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Groupthink

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