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Am I a team player at work?

Am I a team player at work?

Am I a team player? Of course – as long as the only ones on the team are me, myself, and I ...

It’s hard to put our singular thoughts and aspirations aside to be open to what’s best for the group. Here are some suggestions.

1. Kindness first. Regardless of the team or task, approach with kind thoughts, feelings and actions.

2. Communicate. Be open about expectations you have of others, as well as open to the expectations of others on your team. Be confident in your voice while encouraging others to be the same.

3. Reliability is key. Show up 100% every day. Be someone known for consistently working well with others and working toward the greater good. Give your colleagues reason to trust you, your work ethic and your word.

4. Utilize individual strengths. A team is made up of different personalities who have varied skills and talents. Be the person who identifies the strengths in each member of your team and encourages them to use those strengths.

5. Give credit. Acknowledge those who achieve success and give gratitude to those who help you achieve the same.

Ultimately, a team player will follow the example of Saint Teresa of Calcutta, who said, “You can do what I cannot do. I can do what you cannot do. Together we can do great things.”