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  • Writer's pictureKemi Sorinmade

Are you a Good Team Player?

Do you have others' backs? Is your team environment a trust environment?

Are you being a good team player?

This is the question I have asked myself as it relates to the some of the teams I've belonged to. In some cases the answer has been no and I have worked on making adjustments. Some of the adjustments are the tips I will be sharing with you.

This year I've been focused on helping teams work better together through the DISC workshops I've facilitated and some of the content on team performance that I've created so far. The success of a team depends on those who play on a team. We all belong to one team or the other whether at work, at home, or in volunteer organizations that we belong to. Here a few reminders as to what you can do as an individual on your team so that you can achieve personal and team success. 

  • Show up as much as you can to meetings, team huddles, team members offices, for lunch, etc

  • Be generous and add value

  • Avoid office politics and gossiping

  • Be committed and keep to your commitments

  • Be accountable (honesty, discipline, character)

  • Value open communication. Communicate issues and communicate them early.

  • Every team has problems and things that do not meet your expectations. Don't be a complainer. Do what you can with the resources you have to solve that problem first, then take it from there.

  • Understand others on your team: their personalities, communication style, work style, etc. 

  • Value interdependence over independence (ask for help, think about how your actions affect others)

  • Promote others, celebrate, compliment, and encourage others on the team

  • Take a subordinate role and let others win

  • Improve yourself, and continue to develop your skills so that you can add value to the team

  • Learn how others do their jobs so that you can fill in when needed

  • Connect with other team members on a personal level. Relationships equal success

  • Advocate for other team members and offer recognition privately and publicly

  • Avoid being cynical, sarcastic, and overly critical. Don't put others down and don't shut down their ideas. This creates an environment of trust where people are not afraid to be themselves, offer ideas and speak up

Additional Resources

Creating and Maintaining High Performance Teams E-Book and Action Guide This e-book offers a leadership approach to how to develop a team that works.I encourage you to download, print it out, highlight while reading it and share with your team. It  also contains a simple action guide to help you implement the strategies. 

DISC Personality Assessment - Have everyone on your team take the DISC assessment so that you can understand the strengths, weaknesses, communication style, work style and other important traits for each team member. I offer group debriefs to help you develop an action plan for success.

DISC Personality Leadership and Communication Training - Build a stronger team that communicates, appreciates the styles of others and works well together

10 Strategies to Motivate and Engage your Team for Results This is short and easy to read with simple ideas for what you should do as a leader to keep your team motivated and engaged

To your Success! Kemi Sorinmade Leadership Trainer, Speaker &Coach

Simplifying Leadership, Maximizing Results for Teams

and organizations

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