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Playing well with others means being a member of a team, being supportive and communicating. Work goes much smoother when everyone works together and not against each other. What does it take to be a team player? Here are a few key aspects in being a team player.

Collaboration

We all make team player office jokes but the fact is that teams work. Team building skills are critical for project success and even if you are not in a management or leadership role yet, better understanding of team work can make you a more valuable member of the staff and give you an extra edge in your corporate office.

Be Cooperative
Cooperation is more than just good manners. From a teamwork perspective, it means working toward common goals. Do your fair share, avoid conflict, and maintain a positive attitude.

Keep People Informed  - Communicate
A lack of communication is a common source of conflict in a team. When co-workers are not kept informed about project specifics, the conflict starts with confusion than moves rapidly into anger. Good communication supports positive teamwork.

Keep Commitments
On a truly effective team, others will know they can count on you, and vice versa. If you want to be seen as an crucial team player, be sure to perform in such a way that other workers know they can rely on you. If you say a report will be completed by next Friday, make sure it is.

Be Honest & Trust Worthy
Honesty and trust are essential elements of positive teamwork. One of the aspects of making a project a success is problem solving and identifying the obstacles and potential problems. When Collaborating in a team, you can't identify the problems unless people are willing to be honest about the project problems and any team member issues.

Stay Focused
In meetings and while working alone, stay focused on the project. In meetings, keep information and details based on the project. Be clear on how your information relates to the project. While working alone, dedicate the majority of your time to the project.

Leading A Team
The way a team is led will determine the success of the project. If you're considered a excellent leader and team player, you'll find working with a team much easier and more successful.Collaboration works best when teams are created with good elements.

A successful team is a combination of

  1. Communication
  2. Negotiations
  3. Discussions
  4. Diversity of skills
  5. Clear goals

A successful team leader is a combination of

  1. Commitment to the team
  2. Desire to Support and advise team members
  3. Inspire and motivate team members
  4. Willingness to shoulder the responsibility and handle stress under pressure
  5. Ability to take each team member's piece and collaborate all of the elements into a successful ending project.

Checklist for a successful team leader

  • Identify potential team-member skills, competencies and potential roles in regards to how they could contribute to the team's objectives and choose a well balanced collaboration for each project.
  • Set clear goals as a team
  • Delegate tasks appropriately to team-members
  • Identify individual team member goals
  • When needed, assist with communication between team-members
  • Keep an open mind to new ideas and theories & learn how to handle resistance.
  • Monitor and review the team's progress towards the team goal and offer support where necessary.
  • Identify development needs and implement appropriate support
  • Do not personalize criticism.
  • Communicate positively with team-members, including ensuring that the contribution of all team-members is encouraged
  • Empathize with team-member problems and brain storm solutions, avoid bickering
  • Communicate positive and negative feedback in a constructive way
  • Recognize team and individual team member successes

Team building can be a tricky art. Building successful teams is learned from role models, trial-and-error and occasional failures. The key element is attitude and approach. The team leader's attitude and approach should always remain in the question "Is the team achieving the goal(s)?" If the team is not, inquire why.

Establish a positive influence and confidence in achieving good team work.

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