How to be a High Performing Team Member

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One of the most valued skills at work today is the ability to work well in teams. Most assignments today require multiple individuals to work together in harmony in order to achieve a common goal. Success on the job is 60% skills and 40% attitude and your attitude towards team work is what can set you apart.

A team is only as good at the individuals that make up the team. There are some people who work really well on their own but are not able to work well in a team. When choosing a team member, most people would be willing to compromise a bit on technical or functional skills if it means working with someone who works well in the team.

A high performing team member can motivate other members to work harder, can ease the friction within a team and can challenge team members to achieve their goals in a timely and efficient manner. In this podcast we are going to talk about six ways that you can become a high performing team member:

  • Remember, there is no “I” in the word ‘TEAM”
  • Be an effective communicator
  • Get things done!
  • Never blame or pass the buck
  • Leave your excess baggage at the door
  • Make others feel good about themselves

1.Remember, there is no “I” in the word ‘TEAM”   

When working with a team, we need to focus on the needs of the team versus our own personal wants and needs. Rather than looking at what will benefit you and what will work for you, we need to focus on what will work for the team and what will benefit the team as a whole. One of the things that I love to tell people is that when we work as individuals we need to think about ME, however when you start working in a team, you need to flip that upside down and focus on WE.

2.Be an effective communicator 

When we work in a group of people, even in our personal lives, we need to be able to communicate effectively in order to work well together. This means having respect for the other person, listening to their point of view and being honest and open in our dealings with each other. Focus on being assertive when you have something to say, rather than being passive or aggressive.

3.Get things done!

When you are entrusted to do a certain job or complete a particular task, remember that you need to get it done in order to maintain the trust and respect your team mates have for you. We like people who uphold their own side of the bargain, so if you agree to complete a particular task, then you must ensure that you keep your word. When you build up a reputation for getting the job done, more and more people will be ready and willing to work with you and will want you on their team.

4.Never blame or pass the buck

Team work is about sharing the credit and the blame in equal measures, so in case something does go wrong, or if things don’t go according to plan, figure out what went wrong and focus on finding a solution. Don’t think about blaming each other as this creates tension and friction and don’t pass on the buck to another team member. A team that is steeped in negativity and resentment cannot achieve what they set out to do.

5.Leave your excess baggage at the door

Maybe you have worked with someone from this team before, and you don’t have a great equation with them, or perhaps you have some issues with the company or the manager at the moment or maybe you just have a difference of opinion when it comes to what needs to be done. Whatever the case is, leave your excess baggage at the door and look at things from a fresh perspective when working in your team.

6.Make others feel good about themselves

Everybody likes to be around people who make us feel good about ourselves. So make an effort to make your team mates feel good about working with you. You can do this by acknowledging them when they do a good job, making sure that you praise and give feedback in equal measures and genuinely making them feel that you are happy to have them working with you on the same team.