5 top tips to for a brilliant team member

5 top tips to for a brilliant team member
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The PM is finalising his Cabinet team. But what makes a brilliant team member?

So it seems that the PM has made new, further additions to his top team, including former banker Sajid Javid who becomes Business Secretary. Boris Johnson has been included in the Cabinet, and a number of women MPs also hold positions.

Former banker and previous Culture Secretary Sajid Javid has been given the post of Business Secretary, someone about which my colleagues and I are keen to hear more from!

But if YOU were choosing team members for a business team in your organisations, who would the best team players be?

Assuming that people have the right technical skills for the work to be done, what personal qualities would you really want to see in your team members?

Teams need to be strong players to perform well. But what defines such people?

Here are top 5 top tips for what makes a brilliant team member:

1. Constructive communication

Teams need people who speak up and express their thoughts and ideas clearly, directly, honestly and with respect for others and for the work of their team. That’s what it means to communicate constructively.

Such a team member does not shy away from making a point but makes it in the best way possible – in a positive, confident and respectful manner.

2. Active listener

Good listeners are essential for teams to function effectively. Teams need team players who can absorb, understand, and consider ideas and points of view from other people without debating and arguing every part, Such a team member can receive criticism without reacting defensively.

Most important for effective communication and problem solving, team members need the discipline to listen first and speak second, so that meaningful dialogue results.

3. Flexibility

Teams often deal with changing conditions – and often create changes themselves. Good team players often roll with the punches; they adapt to ever-changing situations. They don’t complain or get stressed because something new is being tried or a new direction is being set.

In addition, a flexible team member can consider different viewpoints and compromise when needed. He or she doesn’t hold rigidly to a point of view and argue it to the death, especially when the team needs to make a decision and get something done.

Strong team players are firm in their thoughts, yet open to what others have to offer – flexibility is best.

Problem solver

Teams, of course, deal with problems. Sometimes, it appears, that’s the whole reason why a team is created – to address problems.

Good team players are willing to deal with all kinds of problems in a solutions-orientated manner. They are problem solvers in a solutions-oriented manner. They’re problem solvers, not problem dwellers, problem-blamers, or problem-avoiders.

They don’t simply rehash a problem the way problem-dwellers do. They don’t look for other to fault, like problem-blamers. And they don’t put of dealing with issues, the way avoiders do.

Team players get problems solved out in the open for discussion and then collaborate with others to find solutions and action plans.


5. Share openly and willingly

Good team players share. They’re willing to share information, knowledge, and experience. They take the initiative to keep other team members informed.

Much of the communication within teams takes place informally. Beyond discussion at organised meetings, team members need to feel comfortable talking to one another and passing along important news and information day to day,

Good team players are active in this informal sharing. They keep other team members in the loop with information and expertise that helps get the job done and prevents any surprises.


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