• Jane Tran

5 Skills That Make a Great “Team Player”




Being a good teammate is equally as crucial as being in a good team. Teamwork is one of the most sought-after skills in the workforce. In this remote work era, many people are used to working independently. But being able to work effectively with others is a valuable tool that not many people have. Here are three skills that are crucial to being a good teammate.


1. Communication


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A space where everyone can openly share with others is necessary for the success of any group.

Communication is one of the best skills when working in a team. As part of a team, other people depend and rely on you. You need to be able to communicate your needs and expectations to your other team members. A space where everyone can openly share with others is necessary for the success of any group. Disagreement in the workplace will happen, so learning to manage them through communication will keep the team on track.


2. Listening


A black woman with her hair in a bun is wearing a green suit jacket and a yellow blouse. She is leaning forward, listening intently as she takes notes.
Listening to the advice and insight of others is very valuable to growing yourself.

In addition to communicating your needs, you need to listen to the input of others too. The people around you can give you new perspectives on problems you have not thought about before. Listening to the advice and insight of others is very valuable to growing yourself. Keep an open mind.


3. Problem Solving


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Learning how to problem solve and think outside the box will help you work towards your team's goal.

Productivity and motivation can be affected by the physical environment around you. Creating a space where your team is happy and comfortable will not only improve their mood but will improve their productivity too. Be considerate of lighting, noises, and air quality in the workplace. Provide healthy snacks and encourage your team to take regular breaks and exercise. These actions will develop healthy habits that can maintain the energy of your team. Whether your team is working from home or at the office, make sure that it is an environment that promotes productivity and maintains motivation.


4. Collaboration


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Your team can provide helpful insight and teach new lessons you have never thought of before.

Rather than looking at team members as just another person in the group, see them as peers to learn from and help. Your team can provide helpful insight and teach new lessons you have never thought of before. Although you can get caught up in working towards the ultimate goal, take some time to look around at the peers next to you and learn from them.


5. Conflict Resolution


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Listen and try to understand everyone, and find the best solution for the group.

In any good team, there are going to be disagreements. People on a team will naturally have different opinions and ideas, and although this can give you a helpful perspective, it can go south if not mediated correctly. Tackle these issues head-on rather than push them aside. Listen and try to understand everyone, and find the best solution for the group.


Developing These Skills


Ask yourself honestly - is everyone on your team a master of all four teamwork skills? Definitely not! Part of what makes us human is our boundless potential to grow. Vega Inspired Solutions has worked with corporate groups and small businesses to optimize their “people analytics.” If you want to improve your teamwork skills as an individual or group, call or message us today to set up your first session with Vega Inspired Solutions!

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