Course notes: Being an Effective Team Member by Daisy Lovelace

Effective teammates are reliable

Reliability is essential for a strong team;

  • Keeping commitments:
    • Making sure the promises done to colleagues or the team are kept;
    • Not keeping promises can quickly create the reputation of an unreliable teammate;
    • Underpromise and overdeliver;
    • Always communicate in advance when you can’t do something as initially discussed. It allows time to make adjustments;
  • Deliver results
  • Constantly communicate status updates

Ideal teammates have a positive attitude

A bad attitude is like a flat tire you can’t get very far without a change;

  • Demonstrating positivity:
    • Pointing out the good achievements of my teammates;
    • Staying away from gossip
    • Avoid spreading information about my teammates;
  • Maintain a positive outlook
    • Avoid complaining even when the work isn’t as pleasant as expected;
    • Look for the positive side;

Demonstrating respect to teammates

Respect is the key to build healthy relationships at work

  • Respecting teammate’s time, boundaries and, ideas;
  • Time:
    • People feel frustrated when their time is not respected;
  • Boundaries:
    • A personal line that anyone should cross;
  • Ideas:
    • Healthy disagreements are ok;
    • Respect others ideas whether I agree or not;
    • Separate people from their ideas;
    • Conflicts or tension will happen when working with others;

Be proactive about projects

  • A good team member is proactive;
  • Being proactive means taking time to step back and look at the team’s projects from a wider angle;
  • Means being a couple of steps ahead based on the organization needs;
  • A proactive team member helps the team return on track after situations that cause setbacks;

Approach teamwork collaboratively

  • An ideal team player is collaborative, even when things don’t go as he expected;
  • Being cooperative means to adjust;
  • Teamwork is both giving and receiving;
  • Support my team’s decisions because it shows maturity;

Effective teammates behave professionally

Professionalism means being competent, able to complete the work, have acceptable conduct;

  • Competence: what skills or experiences a person brings to the team:

  • Academic background

    • Professional background
  • Completion of work: a person’s ability to complete their tasks

    • Get the job done well and on time will adjust how the teams see the person;
  • Professional conduct

    • The person should pay attention to the way he/she communicates at work;
    • Appearance at work;

Ideals teammates think strategically

  • People should approach each project with a long-term mindset;
  • Balancing everything:
    • Maintaining a healthy relationship with the team while being focused on the tasks;
    • Learn from personal mistakes and others as well;
    • People are more important than tasks;

Strategically self-aware

  • Conduct a SWOT analysis on myself
    • Strengths: what are my strengths and how it helps my team?
    • Weaknesses: what are my weaknesses and how it affects my team?
    • Opportunities: what do I need to learn to better contribute to my team?
    • Threats: what’s stopping for performing at my best?