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.
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.
4. 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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