HOW TO BECOME A GOOD TEAM PLAYER

“None of us is as smart as all of us.” – Ken Blanchard.

All teams have more than one person, and the most successful teams are the ones that have their members contributing their best to the team effort. No team can succeed without good players. Think about your favorite football or basketball team. You don’t have to be a professional footballer to be a team player. You belong to a team if you come together to do an assignment, sing in a choir, belong to a debate group, etc. If you want your teams to be successful, here are some ways you can be a good team player.

 

UNDERSTAND YOUR ROLEΒ 

As a team member, you must understand what your role is in the team. Remember, everyone on the team is essential. Imagine a game of football, for example. The goalkeeper’s role is to prevent the other team from scoring. The goalkeeper’s role is not to score goals for his team. You may have watched a football match where a goalkeeper left his goalpost and conceded a goal. Whatever your role is in your team, ensure you put in the best of your ability. Some functions in a group might seem unimportant, but if you do not take them seriously, you obstruct the team’s goal. And if you have roles in a team you don’t understand, ensure you seek clarification from the leaders.

 

RESPECT OTHERS IN YOUR TEAM

Working with a team means there will be varying opinions and ideas. Even if you think your idea is best, you must respect the beliefs and values of other people. Understand that people will always be different, but their difference does not stop them from being part of a team. People can have different religious beliefs or come from a diverse ethnic group or belong to a different gender. Even if you don’t belong to the same team, you must respect other people’s views. You cannot work together for a common cause when there is no respect.Β 

 

HOLD YOURSELF ACCOUNTABLE

When you are in a team, you must be willing to be accountable to yourself. Holding yourself responsible means ensuring that you complete your part of the job, no matter how small you think the task is. Your role in your team may be to call people, register names, or welcome people. Take responsibility for your assignments and if you make mistakes, look for solutions rather than blame other people in the team. Understand that your actions impact the entire group. In doing so, you will learn from your errors and command more respect from your team.

 

FOCUS ON THE TEAM’S GOALS

It is good to distinguish yourself as a top performer poised for greatness, but ultimately remember that you are in a team and a goal you should be working to achieve. It could be a group assignment, a presentation, or preparation for a competition. Ensure that you put the team’s interest above yours because there can be no progress if you don’t. A major challenge facing developing countries like Nigeria is the overemphasis on self-interest.

If you want to be a world-changer, you must be a team player and work for the overall interest of your teams. Take the challenge to be a better team player and be a positive impact on the world.Β 

 

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Henry Ibrahim is the Content Creator at B2SL. He loves working with young people to help them discover their purpose in life. You can contact him at ibrahim@b2sl.org.

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  • Ajilore Daniel O.
    Reply

    “If you want to be a world changer you must be a team player, and work for the overall interest of the teams”…well understood πŸ’―

  • Aruleba martins
    Reply

    Understanding ur role in any team u find ur self is very vital.
    πŸ“ŒπŸ“Œ.

  • Adetunji Oluwayemisi
    Reply

    Take the challenge to be a better team player and be a positive impact on the world.

  • Oluwanifemi
    Reply

    Interesting facts πŸ‘Œ

  • Ajani Ayomide
    Reply

    Focusing on the team’s goal will help a long way in achieving the desired goal.

  • Kolajo Festus
    Reply

    βœ”οΈβœ”οΈβœ”οΈ

  • Ihekuna Emmanuel
    Reply

    It is very important to understand your role in a team work

  • Kingsley
    Reply

    Wow
    Inspiring

  • Festus
    Reply

    From the quote none of us is as smart as all of us – Ken Blanchard, it simply means no one can ever be smart in handling a task than two or more smart people handling it which is the best way of saying that two or more good heads are better than one. πŸ™‡β€β™‚οΈπŸ™‡β€β™‚οΈ

    • Aiyedusho Beatrice
      Reply

      Thank you sir for the points, really helpful…..more power to your elbow sir

  • Kingsley
    Reply

    From the quote
    I think this means that, if the idea of one member of a group put into consideration and to be used it will not be as good as the compilation of each of the ideas of all the members to form a single and strong idea.
    That is, the more the idea the better the idea can be.

    • Suleiman Abubakar
      Reply

      This is amazing. The amount of time and effort you people at b2sl.org put into this is very inspiring. Keep up the great workπŸ‘

  • Opeyemi
    Reply

    Wow
    I promise as from now on to always take every role assign to me seriously and respect other people’s opinions

  • Suleiman Abubakar
    Reply

    This is amazing. The amount of time and effort you people at b2sl.org put into this is very inspiring. Keep up the great work πŸ‘.

  • Ogunorunyimika Omojola
    Reply

    Though, we always say that two wrongs don’t make a right but I think two rights make a super right

  • mayowa
    Reply

    Changing the world isn’t just about you only. You need to interact with people. Get to know the difficulties they are facing
    In that way, you will become a good team member.
    For instance, can you a house all by yourself…yyou need people
    Thank you sir

  • Aiyedusho Victoria
    Reply

    You don’t have to be a professional to be in a team. To be a word changer, you must be a team player. Thank you sir, more power sir.

  • Ikechukwu Emmanuel
    Reply

    Be serious in your pursue to achieve a common goal

  • Ihekuna Emmanuel
    Reply

    Be determined to achieve your goal

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