Top Qualities of a Good Team Player at Work

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Building the right team is crucial for the success of a business. While there are several personality types that can make up a great team, all of these members must have a team-first mentality to truly work as a cohesive group. In fact, 97 percent of employees and executives believe lack of alignment within a team impacts the outcome of a task or project, according to a survey by Clear Company — and if there’s a lack of teamwork, there will most definitely be a lack of alignment.

It may sound counterintuitive, but by focusing on the team, employees will actually be able to develop their individual strengths and find their perfect role in the organization. And this alignment means that the company will function better as a whole when already cohesive teams begin to put their resources and skills together to produce better results.

So, what does a team player actually look like? They can come with many different skills and passions, but there are a few qualities that are consistent among great candidates. Here are four qualities to look for in your next employee to ensure you’re hiring a great team player:


A good team player is someone the whole team can depend on. They always keep team leadership informed on what’s going on and provide feedback when needed. When it comes to projects, they deliver on their promises and can be trusted to take the lead when needed, driving progress for the team.


A good team player isn’t afraid of a little bump in the road or change in direction. While they’re excited to provide ideas that may be helpful to the project, they’re able to keep an open mind when it comes to their personal viewpoints and incorporating the feedback of others. They’re also open to taking on additional tasks that may not necessarily be outlined under their job description. Flexibility is often necessary to get the project done.


A good team player puts the business first, rather than their personal interests or opinions. They do more than they’re asked if it means ensuring success, and will help others whenever or however is needed. When it comes to tough projects, they’re dedicated to getting great results no matter how hard they have to work to achieve it. Their example and belief will help push team members to deliver.


A good team player always takes others into account. Even if they don’t agree with ideas or decisions that their team members make 100 percent of the time, they’re willing to give suggestions in a respectful, constructive manner — and they understand the ramifications of failing to doing so. A team member who is willing to treat his or her coworkers in a respectful manner will inherently influence others in your organization — which helps to foster an office built on respect.

While having individual priorities and goals can be beneficial, it’s also important to have employees who aren’t afraid to put the team first. After all, a win for one is a win for all. We hope these qualities are something you’re seeking in each and every employee as you grow your team.

Andrea Meyer is director of benefits at WorkSmart Systems.

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