Effective leaders place strong team members on their team. They know what Phil Jackson wisely said which is, “The strength of the team is each individual member. The strength of each member is the team.” Each person on the team can play a significant role when it comes to achieving goals and achieving success. Good team members can be the difference maker. This is why a leader should put a lot of effort into finding, recruiting, and placing talented team members in the right roles. However, every current or potential follower or employee are not created equal. Some have the signs of a strong team member while others do not. Here are 5 signs of a strong team member. Keep them in mind when it comes to placing or keeping people on your team.
1. Character and integrity-
Strong team players have unquestionable character and integrity. It can be difficult for a leader to determine if a potential follower or employee has character or integrity, since those qualities reveal themselves in time. When it comes to calculating if the person will make ethical and moral choices take time to review their track record as best you can and rely on your gut. If an action or something they say raises a red flag, trust your instinct.
2. Similar core elements-
In The Leadership Mandate I share that a person’s core elements include their, “beliefs, values, and convictions.” While your personal beliefs (like your political or religious views) can differ, each team members should share similar values and convictions. Your values and convictions are shown through by your actions, behaviors, and choices which can either positively or negatively impact the team. Several examples of the values and convictions they have include: being honest, collaborating, working hard, dedication, possessing a positive attitude, and making ethical choices. All of your team members should share similar values and convictions.
3. Possesses influence-
Strong team members have established influence with their peers, leader, and customers. It might not be the same amount of influence as other people in the organization (like those on the executive team) but they have a moderate amount, especially with those they are consistently in contact with. Enough for those around them respect the person enough to trust and consider their ideas, opinion, or thoughts.
4. The willingness to learn-
Leaders want people who are willing to grow and learn. The people who are teachable and have a desire to retain any new information pertaining to their role or which will allow them to gain competence. When a leader is able to train and equip those on their team without resistance the entire team becomes stronger. Make sure those you place or have on your team have a desire to learn and positive attitude about growing themselves.
5. A history of delivering results-
Strong team members consistently deliver results. There is a difference between someone who is putting in the energy, effort, and work to deliver results and a person who is consistently or deliberately not making an effort or successfully delivering results. The people who are not competent enough to or just not putting in the effort to deliver results negatively affect the entire team and the overall organization. A leader should determine if they need to place the person in a role which will fit them better or if they should remove the person from the team.
Questions: How are you striving to become a strong team member? What qualities do you look for in your team members?
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