Qualities of an Excellent Team Player in the Workplace

Do you want to stand out from your colleagues? Do you want to impress your boss? Being good at what you are doing on your job has a huge factor to your success, but it is not enough. You also need to be a team player. You will not only be closer to reaching your career goals, but you will also win favors and respect from your colleagues, and even your boss’s. 

For you to be an excellent team player, you should possess these qualities:

1. Reliable.

It is doing what a person is counting on and expected from you. You display to your teammates that you are dependable and that you can complete the task given to you. When you say that you will do and accomplish something, you will do it. If you possess this quality, you will also establish and grow trust from your boss and colleagues. 

2. Listens actively.

You are giving your full attention to the person who is speaking. Not only do you show your interest on what a speaker is saying without interrupting the speaker, but you also absorb what the speaker is saying, attempt to comprehend, and don’t argue with the ideas and point of view of the speaker.

3. Ability to cooperate and help.

You work well with others so that your team can act as a group to accomplish a task despite the differences you may have with your teammates. Cooperation and willingness to help is important because it improves the productivity of an organization. Each member has its own strengths and weaknesses. The weaknesses of a member can be complemented or enhanced by other team member’s strengths. Thus, increase the chances of a team to accomplish their goals.  


4. Flexibility and adaptability. 

An excellent team player knows how to adapt to changes. You should be willing to step outside your job description because of changing circumstances, and take new assignments without complaining that the new task given to you is outside your scope. If you are a flexible employee, your superior values you more because they trust that you can handle more and different tasks because they know that you can accomplish those no matter what.

5. Treats others with respect.

You may demonstrate respect at work by displaying kindness, politeness, and courtesy. You treat your colleagues equally regardless of their race, gender, and job position. There are a lot of ways on how you can treat and show people in your workplace that you respect them. The key here is to respect others the way you want others to respect you.

6. Shares openly and willingly.   

A good team player is willing to share their skills, knowledge, and ideas with their teammates.  When you help your teammates be informed and train them with the latest expertise, you will help increase the productivity of your team and help the company be competitive in the industry as well. Helping others by sharing your knowledge helps you build your reputation at work because they will find you as a valuable expert.

7. Optimistic.

Being optimistic does not mean that you should always have a smile on your face and how much fun you are when you are around people. Optimism is a mental attitude that no matter how hard the situation may be, you still believe that the outcome of those challenges is positive and favorable. You also see failure as a feedback and not a reason to stop.


8. Problem-solver.

Employees that are good problem-solvers are good thinkers. When you are a good-problem solver, you are focused on finding a solution, you view problems as challenges, and you are not afraid to explore different options to solve the problem. You push boundaries and are able to come up with innovative solutions. Companies value employees that are problem-solvers because they associate them with having a deep technical expertise and experience.

9. Knowledge of the industry.

When you have an extensive understanding of the industry, you become valuable in your company and make you hard to replace. Broaden your knowledge by taking the initiative to study what is the latest in your industry. Research and read about the most recent trends, updates, and competitors related to the industry you are in. By doing this, you are helping your company be competitive.

10. Learns new skills continuously. 

You study to upgrade your skills, expand your abilities, and increase your knowledge.  Learning should not stop after you graduate and start working. In fact, there is an ever changing demand in every job role, and the technology is continuously evolving. That is why learning new skills or upgrading your skills is essential. Not only will you have a huge contribution to the company you are working for because of your updated skills, but you will also maintain your relevance in the company and increase your marketability.

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About The Author

Esther B.

Esther B.

Esther is a writer whose work focuses on career and personal development. She has also been YourTango’s Expert Partner where she wrote articles mostly for women to encourage them to have a meaningful life and healthier relationships. Her articles were constantly in YourTango’s weekly top ten for highest number of page views and her works have been featured in MSN and POPSUGAR. She also has almost 8 years of experience working for top publishing companies (Wiley and Cengage Learning) helping authors publish their books and research papers. When she is not on the computer, you’ll likely find her in the kitchen busy looking for snacks to eat.