Characteristics of good team players
The following characteristics represent the behaviours and attitudes that help team members to work together towards a common goal.
- active listener
- problem solver
- good communication skills
- good sense of humour
Typical Roles on Teams
|Leader||Takes control of the group or situation. Pushes ideas through to completion.||Provides team leadership, direction and objectivity.||Tendency to dominate and override others’ needs.|
|Doer||Always supports team members and team goals. Friendly, caring behaviour, facilitates action through relationships.||Willing, dependable, and respectful.||Can be indecisive and conforming without real agreement|
|Cheerleader||Infuses energy into the team. Can sell everyone on team’s ideas. Instills confidence and optimism in the players.||Stimulating, enthusiastic, and spontaneous.||Can appear manipulative and unrealistic.|
|Adversarian||Presents worst case scenarios. Always points out errors or problems.||Ensures goals are realistic and workable.||Often seen as uncooperative, difficult and critical.|
|Equalizer||Stimulates group consensus so the team can move forward. Monitors team members to assure cooperation.||Members are accountable and feel valued for their input.||Progress is often delayed by extensive approval checking.|
Leadership and Teams
Responsibilities of the Leader:
- Clearly identifies the team’s purpose and impact on the organization.
- Gives the team vision, helps to establish the members’ shared goals, and set standards by which the team will be measured.
- Discusses and agrees on the role and responsibilities of each team member, and establishes operating principles which will be followed.
- Identifies procedures and resources required for getting the work done and ways in which these can be obtained.
- Encourages team members to figure out and agrees on ways to help each other.
- Summarizes and establishes a specific plan of action to follow.
Leadership shows itself in the inspired action of team members. Traditionally, organizations have assessed leaders by their actions and behaviours. But, the best way to assess a leader would be to assess the leadership by the degree to which people around leaders are inspired. It is this inspiration that leads organizations on to success.
“While leadership and teamwork are different virtues, they are strongly related in business, sports, the military and volunteerism. It is easy to state that leaders lead, while teams follow leaders to reach goals and objectives. Yet, great teams have superior leaders as members. To paraphrase a common definition of solid leadership, “Leaders are people that other people want to follow.” However, most outstanding leaders are also equally accomplished team players.”
– William Pirraglia smallbusiness.chron.com