Characteristics of a Team Player

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Whether you're on a baseball team or in a board room, you should always strive to demonstrate the characteristics of a team player when working in a group with others. A team player is someone who truly has the betterment of the team in mind and takes positive and constructive steps to ensure the group's success.

Communicative

  • A team player always communicates what is important to him and the group while giving others the chance to do the same. He's able to speak clearly, concisely, openly and constructively about a matter at hand. Though he doesn't shy away from issues that need to be discussed, he's able to talk about the subject in a non-offensive way. Also, a team player actively listens to others when they speak and allows them to express their opinions.

Active in Bettering the Team

  • A team player is always active in getting the job done and bettering the team. She doesn't sit on the sidelines but takes action and tackles any task at hand. She works as a problem-solver to address issues that arise. A team player is also cooperative with other teammates and allows others to step in when they're the best ones for the job.

Flexibility

  • Flexibility is an important characteristic of a team player. He doesn't dwell on change or complain when things don't go as planned. He rolls with the punches and adjusts his strategies and work to fit the new task. This person is also flexible in doing things he might not want to do. He doesn't complain but follows through on the task for the betterment of the team.

Encouraging

  • Team players are always encouraging of others on their teams, during good times and bad. A team player is there to give accolades for a job well done or a pat on the back when things don't go as planned. He knows winning's not the most important thing but that the team worked together to do its best. He always does his best to unify everyone involved.

Reliable

  • Reliability and dependability are characteristics of a team player. This person always shows up on time and gets a task completed by the deadline. When he makes a commitment, he sticks to it. He doesn't need supervision to ensure the job will be done correctly, and others can count on him to do his best with any job thrown his way. He always gives 100 percent to the team.

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