The following are our top tips for functioning as a great team player in any context, be it sports, school, or work.
Be Loyal to Those Not Present–No one likes to be talked about behind their back and we should not tolerate people talking bad about others in our presence.
Do More Than Your Fair Share–We all appreciate working with someone that doesn’t say, “That’s not my job.”Develop a reputation for being someone that will do whatever it takes to get the job done.
Be Dependable–Get in the habit of being where you are supposed to be, when you are supposed to be there, and ready to do the job.
Anticipate Your Partner’s Next Move–Good teammates rarely need to tell the person what to do next because their partner is already doing it.Be Flexible–Sometimes it is okay to do it someone else’s way.
Practice Non-Judgment–We are all different, with varied strengths and weaknesses.Being judgmental undermines individuals. Avoid at all costs!Pick Your Battles–Pope John XXIII says, “See Everything, Overlook A Lot, Correct A Little.” If you always have to be right, people will tend to resent you and be resistant to your ideas.
When At Work, Put Your Game Face On–We all have personal challenges that we deal with on a regular basis, but when you get to work, leave them at the door