The 17 Essential Qualities of a Team Player

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Mr. Maxwell uses 17 qualities to describe a successful team player: Adaptable, Collaborative, committed, communicative, competent, dependable, disciplined, enlarging, enthusiastic, intentional, mission conscious, prepared, relational, self-improving, selfless, solution oriented, tenacious.

The first chapter entitled, “Adaptable,” shows team players need to be able and willing to accept and initiate change, as circumstances demand it. The second, “Collaborative,” expresses the need for teammates to work together. The third, “Committed,” indicates the need for team members to exude loyalty for one another and to the project the team is working on.

They must also be able to express themselves freely to one another as the next chapter, “Communicative,” indicates. In the fifth chapter, “Competent,” Maxwell expresses the need for team players “to be well qualified” for their jobs, and then, in the sixth, he shows they must be responsible, consistent, and “Dependable.” Maxwell titled the seventh chapter, “Disciplined,” and shows this should be reflected in the areas of intellect, emotions, and actions.

The next chapter, “Enlarging,” refers to the need for team players to build up the other members of their team through encouragement and edifying actions. Then, “Enthusiastic,” expresses how essential it is for people to be excited about what they are doing. The tenth chapter, “Intentional,” points out the importance of living and working with purpose, and the eleventh ties in by exhorting team players to stay “Mission Conscious.”

The next chapter rightly follows by showing the need to be “Prepared” to take the intermediate steps necessary to see goals fulfilled. The thirteenth chapter reminds the reader every team has a necessary “Relational” component that must not be overlooked. “Self-Improving” is the subject of Maxwell’s next chapter. In it he points out, “There is nothing noble in being superior to someone else; progress is becoming superior to your previous self.”

The author shows the importance of putting others first in the fifteenth chapter entitled, “Selfless,” while the sixteenth stresses the benefits of being “Solution Oriented” rather than dwelling on problems. John Maxwell closes with encouragement to be “Tenacious,” and he shows that a person possessing this team player essential does not give up when the task gets difficult, instead he or she “hangs on until the job is finished.”

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