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Follow These 8 Cs to Make Your Team Great


Everyone gives lip service to teamwork – “they are on my team,” or “it takes a village” or “that shows real team effort.”

Have you often wondered what makes a great team player? We can name them right off the bat in sports, greats like LeBron James or Serena Williams. They know what they want and will do everything to succeed and move forward toward their championship goals. 

What about in business? Or in your office? Can you name a great team player…and most importantly, are you one? 

Let’s explore this concept further and see where your organization may or may not need help. 


Eight Traits of Great Team Players



Are you a person your team, can rely on? Do you show up when you say you will? Do you complete projects on time? Good teams have somewhat reliable members, while great team members are 100% dedicated – you can count on them, and they work hard. 


Are you an active listener? Do you clearly express your ideas and thoughts? Good teams catch most of what is going on, while great teams consist of entirely present members during the meeting.  


Sometimes your idea or tactic won’t work. Or no one on the team wants to follow your initiative. Good teams try and incorporate other ideas, while great teams continuously look for feedback and work toward the best ideas, no matter who spawned them. 


Are you “all in”? Unfortunately, in today’s work environment, most people are not. To crush your competition and work for a thriving, growing company, you must be committed to your team and the organization. 

If you are not committed, it is time to search for another position or ask to be assigned to a different team. 


Do you have the knowledge and skills to complete the job and contribute effectively to the team? For example, good teams send their members to staff development seminars and product launches. Great teams do that AND assign mentors to evaluate if members need constant help.  


Is your team always working toward a goal? Good teams have plans (i.e., 100% of sales quota by the end of the year), while great teams understand the importance of achieving the goal and consistently look for a buy-in of the process. 


Are you welcoming others, especially with those that you disagree? All good teams listen, but listening with a negative attitude is a problem. Great groups welcome all feedback and value all team members. 

Conflict Resolute

No one likes conflict, and a good team member gives and takes feedback and makes minimal changes. However, great teammates will identify, talk about and resolve disputes as they occur. Avoiding conflict causes more conflict and leads to resentment and declining morale. 


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