7 tips to be a good team player….

In this digital age, having a healthy emotional intelligence is a highly demanded skill to get a well-paying job, stay on and thrive. Guess what? You need emotional intelligence because you’ll work with people.

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The ability to achieve goals in the workplace requires collaboration with others. Maybe you’re currently part of a team or making moves to join a new one, developing strong teamwork skills can help you to succeed in your career, irrespective of your level or industry.

Here are seven tips to guide you;

Listen properly:

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This is arguably the most important skill that many people lack. One of the most powerful gifts we can give to another human being is to truly listen to them in order to understand them, rather than to respond. Listening, and the requisite patience to do it properly, is fast becoming a lost art. If you listen well, the path to becoming a better co-worker and team player reveals itself.

Welcome collaboration:

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There will always be varying opinions and ideas. Even if you think your idea best solves the problem, you should listen to all ideas before pushing yours. Search for compromises, and remain respectful if your work is criticized.

Use your ‘followership’ Skills:

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Teams made up of “alpha” types don’t function well. Consider whether it is time for you to use your “followership” rather than “leadership” skills. It’s that simple.

Spread positive energy:

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Positivity allows the free flow of creativity and innovation. Give people energy rather than suck it up. How? See the opportunity, not the problem. Look for what’s right, instead of what’s wrong. Acknowledge people rather than gossiping or judging things as good or bad, right or wrong. The secret is to simply acknowledge they are different and move forward.

Commit to the team:

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You will be a great team player if you can show others that you believe in the group, the process and the goals even when things go wrong. This sort of positivity can radically increase morale and productivity.

Offer help:

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If you see a co-worker who seems overwhelmed or is struggling to keep up with tasks, ask if you can help first, then do so if they accept. Team players support each other during difficult times. Take note that you don’t need to take credit for the help especially if the person does not recognise your effort later. Remember to ask for help, as well.

Communication is key:

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You should be in constant communication with your team to ensure that everyone is working toward the same goal and no one is repeating work. Keeping your team updated on your progress or otherwise is important. Let them know early if you’ll be absent late or unavailable so they can cover up for you.

Lets’ give you one more.

Solicit feedback and offer the same:

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Consider asking your peers for candid feedback. While these conversations may sometimes be more natural in a private setting, you can encourage your team to incorporate them into team activities to help build trust.

Being a better team player may be the answer you are looking for, as your ability to work well with other people in the office will not only improve your relationship with them but also help you perform better in your job. 

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