I don’t think there is ever an instance where one person is the team, or where one person is responsible for the success or failure of the team. Whether at work or within the family, I believe it always involves a team effort.
As I continue my leadership journey, identifying areas of improvement within myself and when coaching leaders, I am convinced success is always a team effort. Sure, there is always someone who leads the way, but I believe they are supported by the team who is like-minded and supportive of their ideas and efforts.
Experiencing what it really means to add value to a group, I have identified 6 ways to increase the value as a team member.
Here they are:
- SUPPORT THE VISION – Support the vision and direction of the team leader or team itself. You must be honest with your thoughts and ideas, but in the end be a verbal proponent of the team and the direction the team wants to head.
- RESPECT OTHERS – You must comply with the ideas and or concerns of others. Never just dismiss what others have to say or the direction they believe in. But rather, listen to what they have to say and consider the overall impact it has on the team goal.
- BE PREPARED TO GO ABOVE AND BEYOND – Teams need members that are willing to go above and beyond. You might have to do more, take more and work more. Be prepared to give it your all to the success of the team. Be a better planner. Be a better goal and objective setter and by all means be prepared to hold yourself accountable!
- BE THE EXPERT – Great team members are informed by team members. The best performing team is the most knowledgeable team. What is our objective? What do we want to accomplish? What is my role? Remember, information is knowledge. The more knowledgeable the Team is, the more likely they are to be successful.
- CELEBRATE SUCCESS – Most do not do this well. How often have you achieved a goal and there was no fanfare? No celebration? It almost seemed success was expected. Maybe so, however, I believe celebrating your successes (regardless of how small) is the key to future encouragement. Honestly, don’t be afraid to tell others how much you appreciate their effort and help to accomplish the team’s goals and objectives.
- BE A GO TO PERSON – People appreciate those they can go and talk to. Individuals who can simply listen and those who convey confidence and support and who are viewed as discrete and trustworthy? A person that you can bounce off ideas and concerns and know they will simply be heard.
Consider these when working with a team. Only small visions can be achieved without a team. However, one can achieve endless visions with active teams!