Thursday, December 13, 2012

What Makes A Great Team Member?

Hiring can be challenging at best. Whether you are a manager hiring an employee, a team leader seeking members, or an employee hoping to be part of a team, finding individuals who can thrive and contribute in a team environment seems nearly impossible. Here are some of the key attributes to look for:

1. Team players leave their egos at home. They don’t need to be a know-it-all, and they realize that team members will recognize their strengths without having to brag about it.

2. Team players are excellent listeners. They don’t need to be the center of attention and command the floor at all times. They are able to listen, provide constructive feedback, and offer valuable solutions. Beware the employee or candidate who talks incessantly about their successes and never mentions the word “team” or “we”.

3. Team players are able to accept constructive criticism. A team player won’t balk when their idea isn’t accepted or implemented. They will look for a more collaborative solution and not take insult or put up a defensive air.

4. Team players are flexible and go with the flow. They know that projects have peaks and valleys and not everything runs like a well-oiled machine. Team players can change direction when the core team demands it. They don’t make excuses, and they certainly know how to accept the challenge that is presented.

5. Team players know responsibility is shared. They don’t take individual ownership on a team project, and they do what is in the best interest of the group. They take initiative and put the group focus ahead of individual interests. When the project is done, they know that it is a group achievement vs. an individual accomplishment.

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