By Nico Strydom
You might prefer working alone without any interruptions, but many workplaces will also require you to be a team player.
In the workplace there are many tasks which you could possibly handle on your own, but there will also be occasions when it will be expected of you to complete a task as part of a team. Everyone isn’t necessarily equally good team players – some thrive in a team and others work faster on their own.
Workplaces will expect employees to work in teams for, for example, a very big project that cannot be handled by one person, to obtain extra creativity for a specific project or to try and finalise a project quickly.
It therefore is worth the effort to refine and adapt your skills so that you can make a valuable contribution to a team. If you can show that you can cope on your own but can also work very well in a team, it could benefit your career.
How to become a team player
All team players bring certain qualities and strong points to the table. Find out what your strong points are – what you are good at. Perhaps you are a good organiser or can motivate people? You might be good with research or you have creative ideas. You have something to contribute, regardless of what your strong points are.
What is most important is to show that you are interested and committed to the task the team has to perform. So make sure that you are there when needed and contribute as much as you can – be reliable and responsible.
You should also be adaptable. Even if you are the creative one, it does not mean everyone will like all your ideas or that eventually your ideas will be implemented, but it is important to show that you are keeping the end purpose in sight, regardless of whether it is your ideas that will eventually be successful.
It is also necessary to listen. You are a team player only if you are willing to listen to everyone’s ideas and consider their points of view. Show that you support everyone and that you have respect for them and their standpoints.
When people work together in a team, it builds confidence and relationships. It will help if you are proud of your colleagues and proud to work with them.
College Recruiter: https:You sh//www.collegerecruiter.com/blog/2015/07/14/10-qualities-of-an-excellent-team-player-at-any-workplace/
Mind Tools: https://www.mindtools.com/pages/article/newTMM_53.htm
Project Manager: https://www.projectmanager.com/blog/how-to-be-a-team-player