A follow-up companion reader to The 17 Indisputable Laws
of Teamwork, here is a clear character profile of the
ideal Team Player. Maxwell stresses some main qualities
of a good team player: intentional, or she is focused on
the big picture, relational, focused on others, selfless,
willing to take a backseat for the good of the team, and
tenacious - works hard to overcome obstacles, no matter
1. Adaptable: If you won't change for the team, the
team may change youTeam players who are most likely to
become adaptable possess the following characteristics:
a) they are highly teachable;
b) they are emotionally secure;
c) they are creative; and,
d) they are service-minded individuals.
To achieve such characteristic, the following are
a) get into the habit of learning;
b) reevaluate your role on the team; and, c)think
outside the lines.
2. Collaborative: Working together precedes winning
together Collaboration is the key word when it comes
to meeting challenges as a team. Cooperation is merely
working together agreeably, but collaborating means
working together more aggressively. Every team player
must bring something more to the table, and not just
put in his minimum required work.
A collaborative team player needs to change in four
a) Perception; b) Attitude; c) Focus; and, d) Results
3. Committed: There are no halfhearted champions
Commitment usually is discovered in the midst of
adversity. Committed people don't surrender easily.
It does not depend on gifts or abilities. Rather,
it is the result of choice. Commitment lasts when it's
based on values. If it's something you believe
in, it's easier to keep.
To improve the level of commitment, one must:
- Tie commitments to values.
- Take a risk.
- Evaluate teammates' commitment.
4. Communicative: A team is many voices with a
single heartCommunicative team players do not isolate
themselves from others; make it easy for teammates
to communicate with them; follow the twenty-four hour
rule; give attention to potentially difficult
relationships; and, follow up important communication
in writing. To improve communication one is expected to:
a) be candid; b) be quick; and, c) be inclusive.
5. Competent: If you can't, your team won't
Competent does not mean simply having adequate skills
to perform a job. It means the individual must be
highly qualified to do the job well. To improve the
level of competence, one must:
a) focus yourself professionally;
b) sweat the small stuff;
c) give more attention to implementation.
6. Dependable: Teams go to Go-To players
The essence of dependability:
- Pure motives. If there are no hidden agendas the
team will make progress.
- The ability to take on responsibility. The team
player must want the ball and be able to sink it in
the basket and score.
- Sound thinking and good judgment, when it counts.
- Consistent contribution, no matter how tired,
overwhelmed or distracted, you must be able to
To improve dependability one must: a) check your
motives; b) discover what your word is worth.; and,
c) find someone to hold you accountable.
7. Disciplined: Where there's a will, there's a win
Discipline is doing what you really don't want to do,
so that you can do what you really want to do. It
means paying the price so you can have the reward
later. To become the kind of players teams want,
people must develop discipline in three areas.
- Disciplined thinking. Keep your mind active, and
always think about the right things.
- Disciplined emotions. Either you master your
emotions, or be mastered by them.
- Disciplined actions. Action separates the winners
from the losers. When people act on what they must do,
it is for the benefit of all those on the team.
Adding value to teammates is invaluable
Team members love a player who is able to inspire
them to become more successful. Team players who
enlarge their teammates share common characteristics:
- Enlargers value their teammates.
- Enlargers value what their teammates value.
- Enlargers add value to their teammates.
- Enlargers make themselves more valuable.
How do we become Enlargers?
- Believe in others before they believe in you.
- Serve others before they serve you.
- Add value to others before they add value to you.
Point out your teammates' strengths, encourage and
motivate them out of their comfort zone, but within
their gift zone.
9. Enthusiastic: Your heart is the source of energy
for the team People who bring an enthusiastic attitude
to teamwork often.
- Take responsibility for their own enthusiasm.
- Act their way into feeling. The only way to begin
is simply to begin!
- Believe in what they are doing.
- Spend time with enthusiastic people. Enthusiasm is
To improve enthusiasm, one must:
- Show a sense of urgency.
- Be willing to do more.
- Strive for excellence.
10. Intentional: Make every action count
Being intentional means working with a strong sense
of purpose. Successful individuals are never scattered
and haphazard. They have a clear reason why they are
doing what they are doing. For a team to be successful,
it needs intentional people who are focused and
productive, the kind of people who can make every
11. Mission conscious: The Big Picture is coming in loud
and clear.The four qualities of mission-conscious team
players are the ff:
- They know where the team is going.
- They let the leader of the team lead.
- They place team accomplishment ahead of their own.
- They do whatever is necessary to achieve the mission.
To improve mission consciousness you must:
- Check to see if your team focuses on its mission.
- Find ways to keep the mission in mind.
- Contribute your best as a team member.
12. Prepared: Preparation can mean the difference between
winning and losing
To be a more prepared team, think about the following:
a) assessment; b) alignment; c) attitude; and, d) action.
To improve preparedness you must:
a) become a process thinker; b) do more research; and,
c) learn from your mistakes.
13. elational: If you get along, others will go along
Teams want people who are relational. Look for the
following in your team relationships: a) respect;
b) Shared experiences; c) Trust; d) Reciprocity; and,
e) mutual enjoyment.
To better relate to your teammates you must: a) focus
on others instead of yourself; b) ask the right questions;
c) share common experiences; and, d) make others feel
14. Self-improving: To improve the team, improve yourself
People who are constantly improving themselves make three
processes an ongoing cycle in their lives: Preparation,
Contemplation, and Application.
To become self-improving you must: a) become highly
teachable; b) plan your progress; c) value
self-improvement above self-promotion.
15. Selfless: There is no "I" in team
As a team member, how do you cultivate an attitude of
- Be generous.
- Avoid internal politics.
- Display loyalty.
- Value interdependence over independence.
To become more selfless.
- Promote someone other than yourself.
- Take a subordinate role.
- Give secretly, without the other team members
16. Solution-oriented: Make a resolution to find the
solution Your personality type, upbringing and personal
history affect how solution-oriented you are naturally.
Anyone can become solution-oriented. Solution oriented
people recognize these truths:
- Problems are a matter of perspective.
- All problems are solvable.
- Problems either stop us or stretch us.
To make yourself a solution-oriented team player, you
must: a) refuse to give up; b) refocus your thinking;
c) rethink your strategy; and, d) repeat the process.
17. Tenacious: Never, never, never quit
Being tenacious means giving all that you've got, 100%
not more than you have. It has something to do with
working with determination, not waiting on destiny.
Tenacious people do not rely on luck, fate, or destiny
for their success. When conditions become difficult,
they keep working. Quitting when the job is done, not
when you're tired. Push yourself beyond what you think
you are capable of.
To improve your tenacity, you must: a) work harder or
smarter; b) stand for something c) make your work a game.
"Be more concerned with your character than your
reputation, because characte is what you really are,
while your reputation is merely what others think you
-John Wooden, college basketball coach
"Although they only give gold medals in the field of
athletics, I encourage everyone to look into themselves
and find their own personal dream, whatever that may
be - sports, medicine, law, business, music, writing,
whatever. The same principles apply. Turn your dream
into a goal and learn how to attack that goal
systematically. Break it into bite-size chunks that seem
possible, and then don't give up. Just keep plugging away."
- John Naber, swimmer, four-time Olympic Gold Medalist
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