17 Essential Qualities of a Team Player

Some Notes from John Maxwell’s Book, 17 Essential Qualities of a Team Player:

  • Most victories in life are achieved through small wins sustained over a long term.
  • Union is strength
  • Leadership is the capacity to translate vision into reality.
  • Every successful person finds that great success lies just beyond the point where they are convinced their idea is not going to work.
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    17 Essential Qualities of a Team Player.

    1. Adaptable.

  • Teachable.
  • Service Minded.
  • Emotionally Secure.
  • Creative.

2. Collaborative.

  • Collaboration is working together aggressively.  Cooperation is working together agreeably.
  • Perception.
  • Supportive.
  • Complete each other rather than compete.

3. Committed.

  • There are no half hearted champions.
  • Matter of choices not conditions.
  • Lasts when based on values.
  • Doesn’t depend on talent.

4. Communicative.

  • A team is many voices with one heart.
  • Be candid.

5. Competent.

  • Pay attention to details.
  • Be willing to risk and innovate.
  • Do the last 10% of every job.
  • Consistent
  • Never settle for average.6.
    Dependable.
  • Pure motives.
  • Responsible.
  • Consistent.
  • If I can’t depend on you all the time, then I cannot depend on you at all.

7. Disciplined.

  • Thinking.
  • Emotions.
  • Actions.
  • Strengthen work habits.
  • It is not enough that we do our best, we must do what is required.

8. Enlarging.

  • Understand teammates.
  • Value Teammates.
  • Help others go to next level.
  • Improve yourself for the team.
  • Believe in, serve, and add value to others before they do for you.
  • People tend to move toward those who increase them and away from those who devalue them.

9. Enthusiastic.

  • Take responsibility for your own enthusiasm.
  • Attitude is a choice.
  • Act the way you want to feel rather than waiting or the feeling to develop .
  • Go the extra mile.

10. Intentional.

  • Make every action count.
  • Work with purpose.
  • Consistently focus on doing the right thing moment by moment.
  • Have a purpose worth living for.
  • Know what you do well.
  • Prioritize your responsibilities.
  • Learn to Say no.

11. Mission conscious (Big picture).

  • Know where the team is going.
  • Let the leader of the team lead.  Don’t hinder the leader.
  • Put the accomplishment of the team ahead of their individual need to achieve.
  • Do whatever is necessary to achieve the mission.

12. Prepared.

  • Assess what you are preparing for, where you are headed, and what the price is.
  • Alignment.
  • Mental Attitude.
  • Action.
  • Learn from mistakes.

13. Relations.

  • Respect. You earn respect the quickest on difficult ground.
  • Shared experiences.
  • Trust.
  • Reciprocity.
  • Get along with others.

14. Self improving.

  • Fitness is desirable over fixes.
  • Preparation.
  • Contemplation.
  • Influential people spend a  lot of time alone reflecting.

15. Selfless.

  • Put other members of the team ahead of yourself.
  • Be generous.
  • Avoid internal politics.  Politics is posturing yourself for your own benefit regardless of how it affects the team.
  • Display loyalty–if you do, it will be returned.  Loyalty fosters unity and unity breeds team success.
  • Value interdependence over independence.

16. Solution oriented.

  • Problems are a matter of perspective.
  • Believe that something is a setback or a solution in the making rather than a problem.
  • Problems are solvable.
  • Problems either stop us or stretch us.
  • Get out of the box, brainstorm, redefine the problem.

17. Tenacious.

  • Giving all that you have, not more than you have, but not less either.
  • Work with determination, don’t wait on destiny.
  • Quitting when the job is done, not when you are tired.

 

1 comment for “17 Essential Qualities of a Team Player

  1. Daniel Freeman
    June 15, 2011 at 1:30 pm

    I wish that I had been aware of this info when I was coaching. It would have made a world of difference. Thanks.

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