10 Traits of A Good Team Member
Abstract: What ATTRIBUTES do you look for in a team member? What is the mix of attributes, traits, skills, and talents that you should gather into your team?
Here are 10 traits to look out for:
- EXCELLENT TECHNICAL COMPETENCE
Business projects require professional skills. If it is a shorter project (3 months) you should have a lot of tasks oriented, good technical experts on board; however, if the project team is large (over 8), the duration greater than 6 months, then having a few SOCIAL oriented people on board would reduce the interpersonal- communications strain from the project team.
- GOOD INTERPERSONAL SKILLS
Effective interpersonal communication is vital to the smooth functioning of any task team. COMMUNICATION skills — listening, written and oral, telephone, email — are an absolute must for each member. CONFLICT handling, negotiating skills are an added advantage. You need to know that each team member trusts, supports, and has a genuine concern for other team members.
- SHARING GIVING TENDENCY
You want a team member who shares his knowledge and expertise FREELY with team members — shares openly, with honesty and integrity with others regarding personal feelings, opinions, thoughts, and perceptions about problems and conditions. You also want to make sure team members do not engage in one-upmanship. A perfect team member gives of his time, energy, and heart to own and SOLVE the problems that arise during the project.
- RESPECTS AUTHORITY
Your aim is a team member who has an aura of AUTHORITY around him — who gains the respect of every team member, and who respects his boss, the Top Management of the organization, and the customers’ managers. A good team member consoles and reasons with other team members and RESOLVES complaints of other team members with patience, understanding, and empathy. Each person needs to understand and is be committed to team objectives.
- CARES FOR THE CUSTOMER
A desirable team member is polite to everyone, including the customers. He or she has real CONCERN and thinks of both short-term and long-term benefits from a customer’s viewpoint. Good team members negotiate well with the customer and the company’s top management to ensure less stress and strain for the team.
- SELF-RELIANT, HAPPY, POSITIVE PERSONYou want a team member COMFORTABLE with himself — who respects himself and will not become a sycophant (insincere compliment giver, trying to get into boss’ good books insincerely). Good team members are positively charged, full of ENTHUSIASM, and love for their work. They put in an honest day’s work and are willing to cheerfully put in a few extra hours whenever the need arises.
- WELCOMES FEEDBACK
A valuable team member encourages feedback on his or her own behavior — then takes the CORRECTIVE and PREVENTIVE actions to ensure harmony, peace, and a joyful environment for project execution.
- FINGER ON THE PULSE
He has a finger on the pulse of the teams’ feelings and concerns — he helps to fix the conflicts, NEGOTIATES between conflicting parties, and negotiates a win/win ending. This type of team member is aware of what goes on around him, can sense danger, and steer the team members onto happy solutions faster.
- DELIVERING ON COMMITMENTS
You want a reliable, DEPENDABLE person who always keeps his promises and commitments. You need someone who informs both the customer and the boss well in advance when things go wrong — who DISCUSSES the issues and concerns and sets new commitments.
- INTEGRITY, HONESTY, AND TRUST
Whatever excellent qualities a person may possess, they are of no use to him or to anyone else when he does not have the integrity of character. Integrity is being true to ONESELF; honesty is being true to OTHERS. He should be trustworthy and trust others with his eyes open. He can evaluate phonies and insincere people a mile away.
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About the Author: Dr. Naseem Mariam Ph.D. (Acu) heals people using Alternative therapies for over 10 years now. Earlier, she has worked for 24 years as a Senior Software Manager in Wipro and Aricent Technologies in the design and testing of applications and systems, managing large projects for customers worldwide. During 2001 – 2003, she wrote many articles on self-development, personal health, project management, and customer satisfaction. Revisiting that treasure trove and republishing those articles. She has authored an ebook called “Project Serenity – How to gain happiness and peace” and 3 books on Lifestyle and Wellness: “Serene Wellness: Daily Practise in 7 Areas”, “Belly Loss Blueprint: Come N.E.A.R. Vibrant Health” with its companion “Belly Loss Habits: Workbook to Vibrant Health”.