To quote Niko Gianopoulos, the president of Sparta Consulting Group, and former professional basketball player, “If you want a championship team you have to have the best players. If you have all-stars on your team your company is going to do well.”
When it comes to building a winning team, success is largely based upon the mentalities of each member. If everyone is moving forward towards a common goal, and each person is willing to carry his or her own weight, then victory is inevitable.
A strong company is like a well-oiled machine. While individual goals and personal motivations are essential, teamwork is what turns a good company into a great one.
So what makes a good team member? Check out these five essential tips on how to be an effective member of a winning team!
1. Active (and respectful) communication is key
When teammates share their ideas, it is important to listen actively. This means, don’t be checking your Instagram while half-heartedly engaging with another individual! Engage with the other person’s idea, discuss the ins and outs of it, and don’t be afraid to share your opinion! It is okay to disagree, as long as you calmly explain why. Always ask for clarification if needed, and thank your team members for their contributions.
2. Stay humble
There is a big difference between being proud of your accomplishments and bragging about them. If you’ve experienced a personal victory at work, it might be motivational to your team to hear about it. But, remember to put yourself in the other people’s shoes before you share. At Sparta Consulting Group, we look at an individual’s win as an opportunity for the rest of the team to learn. If someone has a killer week in sales, earns a promotion in record time, or succeeds in overcoming a tricky obstacle, it’s always beneficial to the rest of the team to hear about the process leading up to the win.
3. Have each other’s backs
A team that supports each other is usually the strongest team. You’ve probably heard the expression a hundred times that ‘a team is only as strong as its weakest link.’ The best teams don’t just let each other fail. They encourage each other, they make the effort to be helpful, and they do everything possible to help each other rise up. Take the time to ask your team members how you can support them. Perhaps you could serve as an accountability partner for their goals, or maybe you could be a listening ear when someone just needs to vent.
4. Get to know each other beyond the surface
Most work environments in Corporate America are characterized by simply ‘professional’ relationships amongst employees. There may be friendly banter or small talk, but rarely do individuals build connections outside of the office. At Sparta Consulting Group we throw that philosophy out the window. Our team is more like family, and we wouldn’t have it any other way. If you’re looking to be a member of a strong team, try grabbing a drink after work with a co-worker. Get to know what makes him tick, or what drives him to work hard every day.
5. Handle conflict with emotional maturity
When a group of people joins to solve a problem, conflict is sure to arise. Take it in stride: assess the argument and work out the pros and cons of each side. Conflict does not need to get personal, or emotional. Disagreements can be worked out through informed discussion. Some of your best ideas will come out of these talks. Always remember your ultimate goal is to succeed as a unified team.
For more tips about building a winning team, visit the Sparta Consulting Group blog!