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Being a team player is not always easy. You’ll likely need to interact with disagreeable people. More comprehensive projects can stress you out. There are many variables that can cause tension within a group. However, if you do your part to be a good team player, you can be an effective factor in helping the team succeed. This article shares seven characteristics of team players in the workplace. Review these characteristics to see if you have them. If you don’t, consider assessing your personal strengths and weaknesses. Then create an action plan on how you can begin developing these characteristics to help you become a better team player.  

1. High Responsibility

If you want to be more of a team player, start taking responsibility for your words and actions. Don’t blame others for your mistakes. When you’re assigned to work on projects, put in 100 percent effort. Work diligently to meet all your individual deadlines and work together responsibly with all team members.

2. Outward Focus

Think about the professional needs of others on your team. Don’t solely focus on your own goals. Sure, you’ll need to focus on your own individual goals to advance in your career. However, if you want to be a good team player, you need to be focused on others and how you can best help the team move forward toward success. Having an outward focus involves honing your listening skills. Be a good team player and keep the lines of communication open with everyone on your team.

3. Enhanced Adaptability

When working on team projects, unknown variables are often involved. Of course, when creating an action plan for the team project, it’s important to try to plan for unknown variables to occur. Yet, unexpected things will likely happen. Be a good team player and cultivate deeper levels of adaptability. Then you can help lead team members effectively when unexpected things happen.

4. Problem Solver

Increase the success of your team by being a problem solver, not a problem finder. Yes, finding problems is good as long as you focus on finding solutions. If all you do is look for problems and never work on finding solutions, you’re not being a good team player. Learn how to realistically assess problems. However, focus on productively finding the right solutions to issues that the team encounters. Work together with other team members to identify problems and find solutions. Don’t try to do everything yourself.

5. Positive Mindset

Take time individually to develop a positive mindset. Focus on personal development to increase your emotional intelligence level. Then you can interact more maturely with team members. Practice mindfulness to help you stay calm in the moment. When you cultivate a positive mindset and calm demeanor, that can help you steer your team members in the direction of success.

6. Supportive and Motivating

An important part of being a team player is that you can support other team members and motivate them toward success. Don’t come to team meetings with a negative attitude. If you need to meet with individual team members, be supportive and motivate them to succeed. The way you interact with others can be contagious. You don’t want to spread negativity in the workplace environment.

7. Respectful Attitude

Commit to being respectful in all your encounters with others. Try to actively listen to the opinions of others, even if you disagree with them. You will never agree with everyone all the time. However, the way you share your opinions — and listen to the opinions of others — must be respectful if you want the team to succeed. Disrespecting someone will only cause more problems and hinder the success of all your team projects.

Develop These Characteristics of a Team Player

Become a better team player by developing these characteristics in your life. Cultivate a mindset that you will take responsibility for your words and actions. Become more focused on other people than yourself so you can listen more actively. Learn how to be more flexible for the variables that will occur during your team projects. Be a problem solver who seeks solutions, not more issues. Practice mindfulness so you can develop a more positive mindset. Cultivate a mindset that seeks to support and motivate others. Always respect other people and make an effort to get along.

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