3 Ways to Be a Great Team Player
Just like in kindergarten, playing well with others is important in your professional life. In fact, being a great team player can set you up for career success.
“Now more than ever, it's evident that teamwork is important and workers around the world have to stick together,” writes Daniel Bortz, a Monster.com contributor. “Want to do your part? To boost your own profile (and reap the rewards), first you must be a team player and help others succeed.”
Here are three ways to be a great team player:
- Meet Deadlines. Establish yourself as trustworthy. Produce high-quality work and meet deadlines. “Reliability is especially important during group projects,” Bortz writes. “After all, if you miss a deadline, your mistake can negatively affect the entire team.”
- Be Open-minded. Listen to feedback. “The strongest team players solicit feedback from their coworkers,” Bortz explains. “For instance, after completing a group assignment, ask your peers for suggestions on how to improve on your next project.”
- Give Credit. One of the easiest ways to build authentic relationships with coworkers is to give credit where it's due, Bortz writes. “For example, at your next department meeting, take a minute to publicly thank that coworker for helping you put together last week's client presentation,” he adds. “By celebrating a coworker's success, he or she will likely do the same for you in the future.”
Want more strategies? Read Bortz’s article, “7 Ways to Be a Good Team Player.”