What Kind of Team Player Are You?

What are you contributing to your team?

Do you help it function effectively or contribute to it creating havoc? Are you the leader? Who is the leader? Is your team well-fed or suffering from malnutrition?

Teams that are neglected will begin to malfunction. Soon havoc and morale issues will set in for all those on the team and can quickly spread to those that have to interface with a dysfunctional team. What shape is your team in? Are you working at helping the team succeed or are you a bystander? What do people on the team say about you? How would you rate yourself at teamwork?

Signs your team is in trouble

  • Nagging
  • Judging
  • Sarcasm
  • Complaining/Criticizing
  • Blaming
  • Backbiting
  • No Accountability

Maybe you have a ringleader or member on the team that just can’t let something go or frequently uses sarcasm. Scapegoating or blaming others is an ideal way for a troublemaker to take the focus and shift it to someone else.

Confrontation simply means meeting the truth head-on. – Coach Mike Krzyzewski

Do your part! Become a quality contributor and play a key role in the team working well together.

Do this if you want to be a great team player

Keep it real – What’s the purpose of this team?
Have a compelling direction – What’s the vision?  What are we trying to do?
What’s the game plan? – Who is to do what?  Where are the limits and boundaries?
Where is the top of the food chain in all this? – How does the company encourage and model teamwork?
Who is leading?  Who has the whistle?  Can team members follow? – Who’s the coach?  How supportive are you about coaching or being coached?

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