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Teams are always created for a number of reasons. They can be designed for a period and for achieving specific purpose or objective. Teams are an integral part of how an organization operates. According to John, a team player is an individual who can contentedly work with others in an organization or company as a fraction and component of a team. This person cooperates with others and is efficient in undertaking his/her role in the team in a professional manner. Additionally, this individual can distinguish between personal relationships and serious team objectives to avert the possibility of not playing his role efficiently. Therefore, a team player works effectively and efficiently with other people or colleagues in the completion of a particular task.
Think about sporting activities in the field that are largely made-up of teams. One can be very good in creating scoring chances while another is excellent in scoring when playing soccer. At the same time, a good defender ought to be present to make sure the team is not conceding goals. When one of these components is out of order, the remaining “team” cannot pull off the desired results. This underlines that a team player should be able to undertake his/her role to ensure the realization of the team objectives. Everyone’s role is imperative to ensure the team is winning or achieving the outlines objectives (Patrick 23). This is characteristic of well-established teams. Therefore, organizations and corporations also works in a similar manner, that is, every member’s contribution as a team member is very vital and crucial to the realization of the organizations vision and mission. In order to accomplish the obligatory goal, a good team player should try to discover good qualities in every group member and use them towards achieving the ultimate goal. At the same time, this team player must always give his best. Teams must manage interaction, solve troubles or problems, coordinate activities, govern relations among team members and manage relationships for harmonious working environment.
Collaboration is an important element in being a good team player says John C. Maxwell. This entails working together and cooperating in various ways. Undertaking tasks with the right attitude and being focused are some of the core aspects of being a team player. Adaptation should then come before alliance. A good team player must also be committed and communicative. One therefore is expected to be inclusive, comprehensive and candid or frank. A team player is required to be tenacious, self-improving, dependable, enthusiastic and competent.
A good team player encourages discussions and freethinking. They know how to embrace for forthcoming responsibilities even when they are out of their roles and accept mistakes. As Patrick Lencioni stated, one should also be able to lead from where others have failed and always give acknowledgment where they are due. To achieve all the qualities we have mentioned; team players must be able to build a relationship at the work place. It is ironic to work effectively with someone when you do not relate well personally. You should be able to laugh together and let natural friendship develop. This will allow individuals to accept corrections and admit to mistakes.
Essentially, effective and efficient team players are very capable of assuming multiple roles and accepting challenges by stepping up to accomplish desired tasks in time. Moreover, they are independent and self-sufficient. While being able to remain abreast to the changes and developments in their fields of interest, they are also capable of undertaking the roles in the team without supervision. Moreover, effective and efficient team players have the unique abilities of coming up with creative solutions to recurrent challenges within the organization of contexts that they work.