As Recruiter, Member of Management, or even a Talent Scout; you are often tasked to find people who would make great team members.Having a strong thriving team is something that all managers look for and ultimately desire.
Having said that, have you ever stopped to evaluate your role on YOUR TEAM? What kind of teammate are you? Most of us have said time after time, “Man, if I could just fine a few more people like me…” or “Why can’t people be more like me?” Is that something you might say? But, WOULD YOU REALLY WANNA WORK WITH YOURSELF?
Here are 10 SURE-FIRE INDICATORS THAT YOU ARE NOT FOOLING YOURSELF:
1. RIGHT PERSON FOR THE RIGHT JOB: Excellent technical, professional competence Business projects require professional skills. If it is a shorter project (3 months) you should have a lot of task oriented, good technical experts on board; however if the project team is large (more than 8), the duration greater than 6 months then having a few social oriented people on board would reduce the interpersonal- communications strain from the project team.
2. GOOD INTERPERSONAL SKILLS: Effective interpersonal communication is vital to the smooth functioning of any task team. Communication skills — listening, written and oral, telephone, email — are a must. Conflict handling, negotiating skills are an added advantage. Trusts, supports, and has genuine concern for other team members while also being helpful and cooperative with others.
3. UNSELFISHNESS: Do you share your knowledge and expertise freely with team members? Do you share openly, with honesty and integrity with others regarding personal feelings, opinions, thoughts, and perceptions about problems and conditions? Do you engage in one-upmanship? Gives of his time, energy and heart to own and solve the problems that arise during the course of the project.
4. RESPECTS AUTHORITY: Do you have aura of authority around you? How easily do you gain the respect of every team member? Show respect to the top management of the organization and the customers? Do you console and reason with other team members and resolves complaints of other team members with patience, understanding and empathy.
5. CUSTOMER CARE: Do you care for the customer? Are you polite, courteous to everyone including the customers. Do you have a real concern and think of both short term and long term benefits from customer’s viewpoint? Do you negotiate well with the customer and the company’s Top Management to ensure less stress and strain for the team?
6. SELF-RELIANT: Are you a generally a happy, positive person? Are you comfortable with yourself? Do you respect yourself? Are you positively charged, full of enthusiasm and love your work. Do you put in an honest day’s work and are you willing to cheerfully put in a few extra hours whenever the need arises?
7. CONSTRUCTIVE:Do you welcome feedback? Do you encourage feedback on your own behavior, take the necessary corrective and preventive actions to ensure harmony, peace and joyful environment for project execution?
8. FINGER ON THE PULSE:Do you have a ‘Finger On The Pulse Of The Team”?Are you in tune with the feelings and concerns of others? Do you cause or help to fix the conflicts, negotiate between conflicting parties and negotiate a win/win ending? Are you aware of what goes on around you, and our you able to sense danger and steer the team members onto happy solutions faster?
9. WALKING THE WALK:How do you deliver on commitments? Are you a reliable, dependable person? Do you keep your promises and commitments? Do you inform customers and teammates well in advance when things go wrong, discuss the issues and concerns and set new commitments?
10. TRUE BLUE:Integrity, honesty and trust are vital, do you possess these? Whatever good qualities a person may possess, they are of no use to him or to anyone else when he does not have integrity of character. Integrity is being true to oneself, honesty is being true to others. Are you trustworthy and trusting of others with eyes open?
When you look in this “mirror” what do you see? Someone or something you want, or someone or something you want to change? Only you know but now you can at least begin to answer the question: “Would You Work With You?”