The 17 Essential Qualities of a Team Player

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THE 17 ESSENTIAL QUALITIES OF A TEAM PLAYER
BECOMING THE KIND OF PERSON EVERY TEAM WANTS
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by John C. Maxwell. Thomas Nelson Publishers, 2002

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Here is a clear character profile of the ideal Team Player . Maxwell stresses some main qualities of a good team player: intentional, or he is focused on the big picture, relational, focused on others, selfless, willing to take a backseat for the good of the team, and tenacious - works hard to overcome obstacles, no matter what. U U

1. Adaptable: If you won't change for the team, the team may change you. Team players who are most likely to become adaptable possess the following characteristics: a) they are highly teachable; b) they are emotionally secure; c) they are creative; and, d) they are service-minded individuals. To achieve such characteristic, the following are recommended: a) get into the habit of learning; b) reevaluate your role on the team; and, c) think outside the lines.

2. Collaborative: Working together precedes winning together Collaboration is the key word when it comes to meeting challenges as a team. Cooperation is merely working together agreeably, but collaborating means working together more aggressively. Every team player must bring something more to the table, and not just put in his minimum required work. A collaborative team player needs to change in four key areas: 1) Perception; 2) Attitude; 3) Focus; and, 4) Results

3. Committed: There are no halfhearted champions. Commitment usually is discovered in the midst of adversity. Committed people don't surrender easily. It does not depend on gifts or abilities. Rather, it is the result of choice. Commitment lasts when it's based on values. If it's something you believe in, it's easier to keep. To improve the level of commitment, one must: - Tie commitments to values. - Take a risk. - Evaluate teammates' commitment.

4. Communicative: A team is many voices with a single heart. Communicative team players do not isolate themselves from others; make it easy for teammates to communicate with them; follow the twenty-four hour rule; give attention to potentially difficult relationships; and, follow up important communication in writing. To improve communication one is expected to: a) be candid; b) be quick; and, c) be inclusive.

5. Competent: If you can't, your team won't Competent does not mean simply having adequate skills to perform a job. It means the individual must be highly qualified to do the job well. To improve the level of competence, one must: a) focus yourself professionally; b) sweat the small stuff; c) give more attention to implementation.

6. Dependable: Teams go to Go-To players The essence of dependability: - Pure motives. If there are no hidden agendas the team will make progress. - The ability to take on responsibility. The team player must want the ball and be able to sink it in the basket and score. - Sound thinking and good judgment, when it counts. - Consistent contribution, no matter how tired, overwhelmed or distracted, you must be able to deliver. To improve dependability one must: a) check your motives; b) discover what your word is worth.; and, c) find someone to hold you accountable.

7. Disciplined: Where there's a will, there's a win Discipline is doing what you really don't want to do, so that you can do what you really want to do. It means paying the price so you can have the reward later. To become the kind of players teams want, people must develop discipline in three areas. - Disciplined thinking. Keep your mind active, and always think about the right things. - Disciplined emotions. Either you master your emotions, or be mastered by them. - Disciplined actions. Action separates the winners from the losers. When people act on what they must do, it is for the benefit of all those on the team.

8. Enlarging : Adding value to teammates is invaluable Team members love a player who is able to inspire them to become more successful. Team...
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