How to be a better team player ? #BeYourBest

Hi all,

Welcome to the first episode of our brand new series called #BeYourBest!

Ever wondered why recruiters always talk about the general skills every candidate should possess when it comes to employment but don't actually tell you how you can develop them beforehand? Well not to fear because for a whole week the BYF team will be by your side, giving you insightful tips and potential actions you can undertake in order to develop those valuable skills.

To kick off, we have decided to talk a bit about one of the most essential skills that we believe everyone should develop: Teamwork

Now, you may instantly assume that this is too obvious but trust us when we tell you that a lot of people think they are good team players but when they are put under the test, they rarely pass. It’s not a hard skill to master and when you become good at it, team projects start to be more productive as well.

So, how to be a better team player?

  1. Communicate with the rest of team- this is one of the fundamentals to an effective teamwork. It will provide clarity and focus to the entire group. An effective communication leads to a better execution strategy.

  2. Explore more about your teammates- if you will be working on a group project for long period of time, it’s a good idea to learn more about the other members of the group. This will help release the initial awkwardness and will make things easier in the future.

  1. There is no “I” in teamwork- as cheesy as it may sound, it has a lot of truth behind it. Don’t try and take all the initiative and prove that by doing this, you will be better than the others. Remember that a lot of the most influential and powerful companies today, including Microsoft were created thanks to an effective teamwork put in place.

  2. Sharing is caring- even if you have great ideas, don’t be the only one talking in the group. Allow the others to express their opinions as well… share ideas!

  3. Know how to control an argument- when working in a group there is always a chance for an argument to escalate. If such thing happens, remember that the more you argue, the less chance of finding a mutual ground there is. Shouting and proving your point is not the answer. Instead re-evaluate the situation carefully and work out what led to the argument in the first place. Often the only way to get out of an argument is to avoid it.

We hope you found these tips helpful and implemented in the right way will help you make your next team meeting a more productive one.

Stay tune for tomorrow when we will talking about public speaking and mastering the fear of presenting. Also, make sure to follow us on Twitter or Facebook to stay up-to-date with our latest articles.

Martin Prenerov

Content Lead for the Be Your Future blog

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