to Be an Effective Team Player
How do you motivate your
team to success, not as a team leader but as a member of the team? Here
are some helpful pointers.
1. Be Responsible
When the opportunity arises,
take up responsibilities that are outside the scope of your current role.
Show people you are willing to work hard and learn more.
When a task given to you does
go wrong, whether or not the circumstances causing the failure were under
your control, own it up. Never attempt to shift blame to another team member
or to another team.
3. Be Open
If you are good at something,
coach and train another person on it. Giving out knowledge only enhances
it, never reduces it.
Show the ropes to a junior team
member. Others will be more open to returning the favor when you need it.
4. Be Generous
Encourage free-thinking and
discussion. Never discount or ridicule another's idea.
Take each team-member seriously.
Never make presumptions about someone's ignorance or knowledge.
When implementing another person's
idea, don't criticize it every step of the way. Criticizing someone constantly
will discourage the person and make them less open to giving suggestions
Most importantly, you should
be open to feedback. Never discount or whine about feedback on your work
Don't rationalize or give excuses
in response to feedback about your performance.
5. Set an Example
Give credit where it is due.
And more importantly don't take credit for what is not your work.
Never hold back on a compliment.
Learn from others and their
failures. It is imperative for sustained success that the team as a whole
should not repeat the same mistake.
Synergize and pool resources
in critical projects. Ego and seniority should never stop a team from working
towards an efficient solution.
Offer to change shifts to help
a team member leave early on his anniversary or emergencies at home.
Offer to take up a shift that
no one wants. When you display generosity and openness you will see it
being returned by others.
6. Build Relationships
You could complain and whine
at every situation that can be improved. Instead take action to improve
Don't wait for others to set
right something. You set an example by taking initiative.
Never dish out dirty work that
belongs to you, to someone else. By setting standards for a professional
team, you will raise the bar for others.
All that we discussed above
is easy to do when we develop relationships at work place. We spend 8-10
hours of our waking time at work. It is natural to form friendships and
forge relationships. But we might find it surprising that in spite of working
8 or more hours a day for 5 years with someone, we don't know their birthdays
or whether they have children. To forge relationships:
The success of a team depends
not just on its leader. It depends a lot on its members. So be an effective
Have a friendly disposition.
Never abuse or insult another team member.
Never discuss someone behind
his or her back.
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by Chitra Soundar
born in India, currently living in Singapore is an IT consultant by profession.
She has extensive experience in IT education and career guidance. Chitra
is a member of Society of Singapore Writers and Society of Children's Book
Writers and Illustrators. Her works have appeared in The Strait Times,
the leading national newspaper of Singapore. Her articles have also been
accepted for publication in NAWW's on-line journal. Many of her poems have
been published in print and on-line magazines. Chitra currently freelances
for the professional non-fiction market.
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