When it comes to choosing a new team member, almost every employer these days is seeking a "good team player". A team player is a valuable asset to any business.
But what does that actually mean and how do you spot one?
A good team player is more than just someone who works well with others.
Good team players set the team’s objectives and goals before personal objectives and ambitions. Showing dedication and using their strengths to improve the team and ultimately, your company’s success.
But being a "team player" is not something that comes easy to everyone. Here are some qualities you should look out for.
First, a team player should be responsible and resourceful. Meeting deadlines, completing tasks assigned and demonstrating initiative.
Next, a successful team player should communicate candidly. Making suggestions and offering constructive criticism, honestly and respectfully, to help the team succeed.
Good team players share. They are willing to share knowledge, information and experience. They are happy to participate with a can-do attitude, getting involved and taking the initiative to make things happen.
A team player is also adaptable and humble. They are quick and willing to learn or improve while remaining positive and creative. They don't let their ego get in the way.
Finally, team players are committed and trusted. Honest, consistent and dependable.
Team work is all about relationships and you can't build a strong relationship without trust.