• Cathie Leimbach

Teams: "The Ideal Team Player"

A team player is a team member who focuses on achievement of the group’s goals and responsibilities by personally contributing to the work and by valuing the contributions of others. Team players share the credit, pull their weight, and support a pleasant work environment.

In Patrick Lencioni’s book, The Ideal Team Player, he shares three fundamental characteristics of a person who is a treasured team player. Lencioni explains why humble, hungry, and smart individuals are the ideal team players.

Humble people don’t think they are the only ones who can do the job. They acknowledge other people’s strengths and their own weaknesses.

Hungry people want to make a difference. They give their best towards achieving team goals.

Smart individuals build positive relationships with their teammates. They thank others for their contributions, forgive their mistakes, and help them reach their potential.

Who in your workplace regularly exhibits humility, hunger, and people smarts? How can you improve your ideal team player behaviors and encourage your colleagues to reach their team potential?


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