5 Top tips for becoming a better team player
What can make you feel like you’re winning at work? Is it all about career progression or is there something more?
When people talk about careers it is usually in the context of progression and opportunities for moving up the proverbial corporate ladder rather than becoming a good team player. While it’s good to have these aspirations and goals for sure, there is one aspect of leadership that is often overlooked when people are thinking about career progression. This is that before you can become an effective leader, you need to learn how to become a good member of the team.
You see leadership isn’t just about being in charge or making important decisions – although that’s part of it. Effective leadership is about developing others to their full potential, and to do that you have to get to know people, work with them and know what’s important to them. Some would even go as far as to say that people skills are more important that decision making skills. In reality you need both, and learning people skills and becoming a good team player is something worth developing whether or not you do want to move into management role one day.
What does being a good team player involve?
You’ll find all types of personalities in a work environment and while you can choose your job, you can’t always choose your work colleagues. If you want to get the most out of your job, it pays to become a team player. More importantly, when you get on well with your work colleagues and work well with them, it makes for a much happier and productive work environment.