Top Ten Qualities of an Outstanding
1. Enthusiasm & Commitment
An exemplary team member
has enthusiasm for the organization and commitment for its cause.
An outstanding team member stands behind the organization's ideals,
vision and mission. A team player knows when to put aside the
differences for the common good.
Integrity is foundational
and sets the parameters for the organization's success. The higher
one's integrity, the higher one's success potential. An organization
or a person can't be truly successful without integrity. Align
your actions with your values for a high level of fulfillment
and integrity an ideal team member's actions reflect their
commitment to the organization and community.
When we work with competent
people, we're confident and trusting, knowing they'll deliver
quality. Because one person's performance effects the functioning
of the whole team, competency takes on great significance. Competency
begets excellence; who can argue with that? Competency builds
a strong team. Competency erases any cause for needless anxiety
and is good for our mental health, as well as the health of the
Creativity and "outside
the box" thinking is key for organizational transformation
and problem solving. Having creative thinkers on the team moves
the organization forward in ways that can't be anticipated. Nurture
your creative instincts and don't be afraid to share what you
think might be unconventional ideas. Change would never occur
if we didn't have bold "outside the box" thinkers!
5. Sense of Humor
Lightness holds the team
together as much as shared values and vision. Dedication and
commitment to shared values doesn't preclude team members from
having fun! Lightness adds perspective and helps to keep team
members balanced. Keep your life sane so you maintain your sense
of humor; laughter is healing, healthy and fun!
Perseverance comes easily
to those who are committed. When one is committed, one is steadfast
in their belief of possibility. Nothing gets in the way of the
vision. Obstacles are stepping-stones en route to fulfillment
of the vision. Never take your eyes off the vision work
towards the goal so that nothing stands between your team and
Language is the conduit
for growth and self-expression. While progress can happen without
words, it's language that brings forward our learning and experience.
Language is the context for commitment. Language connects us
and is a primary conduit for self-expression.
8. The Power of Questions
Questions open communication;
statements don't. Outstanding team members are inquisitive by
nature and are open to hearing other points of view. Team members
who appreciate the power of questions demonstrate strong teamwork
skills. Questions move the team (and organization) forward in
both linear and non-linear ways.
9. Reliability & Follow-Through
When we give our word,
we create an expectation for others. When we deliver, others
consider us reliable our word carries weight and means
something. An ideal team member understands the power of the
word and how strongly our integrity is based upon our word. Reliability
is keeping your word, time and time again.
Collaboration is at its
essence, contribution. It's what happens when we "step outside
of ourselves" and honor the space we share more than where
we each individually come from. Collaboration is what we create
when we come together. Strong team members value the power and
synergy of collaboration.
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