How To Be A Good Team Member

I am very fortunate to have a group of friends that have committed to helping me improve as a leader. I know that the wisdom that they have shared has helped me relate to my players better and has helped me gain balance in my life. One of my friends wrote this, and I think that it is packed with great concepts that can apply to any team, whether on a baseball field or in a boardroom.

Here are 12 ways to make yourself valuable as a team member:

1. Be an "encourager" of others on the team - How do you know someone needs encouragement? If they are breathing!

2. Embrace change willingly - be part of the solution!

3. Remain positive when others are negative - "perpetual optimism is a force multiplier."

4. Laugh deep and smile often - let your light shine by putting your lamp on its stand.

5. Value other people’s opinions - seek first to understand. People support what they help create!

6. Remain steadfast to vision and values - ROADMAP & COMPASS.

7. Be flexible with methods - form vs. function, are you wedded to your preference or more interested in results?

8. Genuinely love people - Vince Lombardi - "I don't necessarily have to like my players, but as a leader I must love them" - LOVE is respect, commitment, loyalty, teamwork. How you treat people really matters! Love is a VERB!

9. Give more than required - the world says "get all you can, can all you get, and sit on your can." that's not teamwork. Give all you can!

10. Think critically for improvement - when you are through learning you are THROUGH

11. Have a servant’s heart - its not about YOU, its about those entrusted to your care!

12. Never gossip or talk bad about another team member - gossip destroys trust and tears down the team. Those who will gossip about others to you will most certainly gossip about you to others!


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  • Great list

    As a basketball player in high school, I was not the most talented player. I got my chance to start on a Final Four team because of many of the things on this list and a good work ethic. I have carried that over in my career in construction. Always a place for a good teammate. Thanks Mike!

    If leaders follow those 12 steps, the work place would be better. Because these days and times it is the Good Ole Boy network, and that is wrong. Don't judge a person by their skin color, judge the person by their ability.