How To Become Exceptional In A Great Team

I bet you are curious “how can I be exceptional in a team full of great personalities?”. First let me point out that no one can learn everything, the experts, veterans, moguls all started as greenhorns and slowly grew into forces to be reckoned within their respective fields. However, they still do not know everything, if you ask them they will tell you they read a book and learn something new every day to become better at what they do. There is a saying iron sharpens iron, in a team of great personalities you are bound to pick on the brains of each the “greats” and that slowly propels you to be exceptional, and that is the trick.  Now I am going to walk you through a step by step process to make you stand out.

1. Cultivate Positive Attitude

Having a positive attitude is crucial to success, you’re bound to meet lots of difficulties and intimidations in your tasks yet have to be genuinely committed to the cause, your team leader may be working on solving problems, but there is no reason why you can’t offer solutions yourself. Your teammates will appreciate your skills, and this may pay off later when your manager considers you for a promotion.

2. Develop Effective Communication Skill

Actively listen but don’t stay in the shadows, share your opinion and ideas without trying to come up with a plan for taking credit for it. Openness is key on a team, so keep your team members informed.  Planning for your success is imperative, but whether you get rewarded may have a lot to do with how you interacted with your team members.

3. Get Great At Time And Task Management

Be reliable and responsible, don’t get distracted easily you need to be able to focus on the work that needs to be done, it is not in your best interest to just sit quietly and get your work done. It’s a good thing to involve others, as long as you aren’t bothering people with questions you should know the answer to.  Great team players come to their teammates having prepared their ideas.

4. Be A Better Team Player

You are only a team player if you respectfully consider the viewpoints and ideas of other people as well. This is why diverse teams have the potential to be so effective, and it all depends on active listening. Active listening is harder than you think. When you hear someone saying something you don’t initially agree with, keep from interrupting and don’t let your mind prepare any counter remarks. Just listen, and consider what they’re saying and more importantly, why they believe that. Understand the other person point of view, by so doing you foster a better team bonding and your team members naturally earn your respect.

5. Be Humble

According to the 48 laws of power, the first law says ”never outshine the master” as it’s deemed the worst mistake of all. Support and respect others, a good team player will back off an idea when it becomes clear it’s not the right path. If you believe strongly that your team is making a mistake, you can find a way to come back to the issue when the time is right, but being a stubborn stick in the mud is not a quality of a good team player.

Adedokun Samuel Adeleke
Social Media Manager


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