What Makes A Great Team Player?

 30 Apr 2021

Every organisation's success relies on good and effective teams. And to perform well, each team requires people with different strengths to work together. Strong team players are the backbone of any group. But what defines such people?

Honesty, reliability, respectfulness and good communication skills are the fundamentals, but there's a lot more to it than that. Here are some of the outstanding qualities that make a great team player.


Being positive isn't about wearing an ear-to-ear grin, hugging colleagues and coming up with feel-good mantras. Great team players put their positive attitude into action by feeling brave about trying new ideas, seeing failure as feedback, not a disaster and finding solutions to challenges. Positivity is infectious and keeps everyone motivated.

Showing Genuine Commitment

There's a big difference between someone who just shows up to work on a team and someone who is genuinely committed. The former barely dial it in, happy to sit back and let others do the work. The latter give everything 100%. They're in the office when needed, are always fully prepared for meetings and contribute as much as they possibly can. Great team players get involved and don't sit passively on the sidelines.

Being Transparent

Transparency at work means communicating openly and honestly with your team members. A great team worker takes actions in a way that others can easily see them. There are no hidden agendas, no secrets. They’re willing to share their knowledge and experience and don't keep information to themselves.

Being Ready to Help

Even though it may not be in their job description, a great team worker is generous with their time, willing to help other members of the team. For example, setting aside time to lend a helping hand to a colleague struggling with a task. And they do so without expecting anything in return. Even if they have differences with colleagues, they will put these aside to work together to solve problems.

Being a Good Listener

Nobody likes being ignored. A great team worker listens intentionally, which means they focus on the speaker, paying attention to their ideas and suggestions. They consider different points of view without arguing over every issue and respond with meaningful answers. Consequently, other team members feel heard and valued. Great team workers also know that by being willing to listen, they may discover insights they hadn't thought of.

Being Willing to Compromise

Great team workers recognise their ideas are not always going to be embraced. They don't doggedly argue a point of view to the death, especially when the team needs to move on or make a decision. This doesn't mean they let others walk all over them. More, they have strong views but are open to the need to resolve disputes easier and find solutions faster.

Final Thought

Above all, a great team player puts the team first. They work for the common goal and are not led by personal interests. They care about how the team is doing and are committed to its success with unswerving dedication.

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