Look for these traits in successful team players
It was a cold winter. The hedgehogs, realizing the situation, decided to bunch together to keep warm. However, the quills from each hedgehog pierced their next-door neighbors, so they decided to move apart. But then they started to freeze and die alone, so they made the decision to cuddle back together and live with the little piercings caused by the close connection with their companions in order to receive the heat that came from the group. This allowed them to survive.
And that, my friends, is the perfect definition of teamwork.
No team is composed entirely of perfect people. Whether you’re a superstar or a benchwarmer, you are an important member of the team.
Individuals working together as a group make a team successful. The success of any team – be it in sports or in business – is dependent on every person working toward a common goal. The role of every team member, no matter how seemingly insignificant, is valuable to the team’s overall success. Success doesn’t come from what you do occasionally; it comes from what you do consistently.
Andrew Carnegie, business magnate and philanthropist who led the expansion of the American steel industry in the late 19th century and often identified as one of the richest people ever, said: “Teamwork is the ability to work together toward a common vision, the ability to direct individual accomplishments toward organizational objectives. It is the fuel that allows common people to attain uncommon results.”
Do you think he knew about hedgehogs?
Helen Keller said, “Alone, we can do so little; together we can do so much.”
That’s hedgehog talk if I’ve ever heard it!
I always get a kick out of when someone refers to someone else as a self-made man or woman. Let me tell you, there is no such thing. No one reaches their goals without the help of many others.
As Steve Jobs, the founder of Apple, said, “Great things in business are never done by one person. They are done by a team of people.”
Michael Jordan said, “There is no “i” in team but there is in win.”
Whether you’re forming a fully self-directed work team or leading a group that just needs to collaborate effectively, you must recruit the right people. Keep your eyes open for these abilities and traits:
- Willingness to contribute. Is the person ready to put the team’s goals first? This doesn’t mean ignoring personal needs, but it does mean that team members must put their primary energy into contributing to the team so they can share in its success.