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Book Summary: The 17 Essential Qualities of a Team Player

A follow-up reading companion to The 17 Indisputable Laws
of Teamwork, here is a clear character profile of the
Ideal team player. Maxwell highlights some main qualities
of a good team player: intentional, or is she focused on
the big picture, relational, other-centered, 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 don’t change for the team, the
the team can trade youTeam players who are most likely to trade
become adaptable possess the following characteristics:

a) are highly teachable;

b) they are emotionally secure;

c) they are creative; and,

d) they are people with a vocation for service.

To achieve such a feature, the following are performed:

a) acquire the habit of learning;

b) reassess their role in the team; and, c) think
outside the lines.

2. Collaborative: working together precedes winning
together Collaboration is the key word when it comes to
to face challenges as a team. Cooperation is just
work together nicely, but collaborating means
working together more aggressively. each team player
must bring something else to the table, and not only
Put in your minimum required work.

A collaborative team player needs to switch in four
Key areas:
A collection; b) Attitude; c) Focus; and, d) Results

3. Committed: There are no half champions
Commitment is often discovered in the midst of
adversity. Committed people don’t give up easily.
It does not depend on gifts or abilities. Quite,
it is the result of the election. The commitment lasts when it is
Based on Values. If it’s something you believe in
indoors, it is easier to maintain.

To improve the level of commitment, you must:

– Link commitments to values.

– Take a risk.

– Evaluate the commitment of colleagues.

4. Communicative: A team is many voices with a
single heart Communicative team players do not isolate themselves
themselves from others; make it easy on teammates
communicate with them; follow twenty four hours
rule; pay attention to potentially difficult problems
relations; and, follow up on important communication
written. To improve communication one is expected to:
a) be sincere; b) be fast; and, c) be inclusive.

5. Competent: If you can’t, your team won’t
Competent does not simply mean having the right skills
to do a job. It means that the individual must be
highly qualified to do the job well. To improve the
level of competence, one must:
a) be professionally focused;
b) sweat the little things;
c) pay more attention to implementation.

6. Reliable: Teams Go To Go-To Players

The essence of reliability:

– Pure reasons. If there are no hidden agendas
team will progress.

– The ability to assume responsibilities. The team
the player must want the ball and be able to sink it
basketball and scoring.

– Sound reasoning and good judgment, when it counts.

– Constant contribution, no matter how tired,
overwhelmed or distracted, you should be able to

To improve reliability one should: a) review your
reasons; b) find out what your word is worth; and,
c) find someone to hold you accountable.

7. Disciplined: Where there is will, there is victory
Discipline is doing what you really don’t want to do.
so you can do what you really want to do. That
means paying the price so you can have the reward
later. To become the kind of players that teams want,
people must develop discipline in three areas.

– Disciplined thinking. Keep your mind active and
always think about the right things.

– Disciplined emotions. Or do you dominate
emotions, or be dominated by them.

– Disciplined actions. Action separates the winners
of the losers. When people act according to what they must do,
It is for the benefit of everyone on the team.

8. Magnification
Adding value to teammates is invaluable

Team members love a player who is capable of inspiring
them to be more successful. team players who
enlarge your teammates share common characteristics:

– Expanders value their peers.

– Expanders value what their peers value.

– Expanders add value to your teammates.

– Enlargers become more valuable.

How do we become Expanders?

– 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 the strengths of your teammates, encourage them and
motivate them outside their comfort zone, but inside
your gift area.

9. Enthusiastic: Your heart is the source of energy
for the team People who bring an enthusiastic attitude
to teamwork often.

– Take responsibility for your own enthusiasm.

– Act your way into the feeling. the only way to start
it’s just to start!

– Believe in what they are doing.

– Spending time with enthusiastic people. enthusiasm is

To improve enthusiasm, one must:

– Show a sense of urgency.

– Be willing to do more.

– Fight for excellence.

10. Intentional: Make Every Action Count
Being intentional means working with a strong sense
of purpose Successful people never stray
and random. They have a clear reason why they are
doing what they are doing. For a team to be successful,
you need intentional people who are focused and
productive, the kind of people who can do each
share count.

11. Mission Conscious: The Big Picture Is Coming Out Loud
and of course. The Four Qualities of the Mission Conscious Team
the players are the ff:

– They know where the team is going.

– They let the team leader lead.

– They put the team’s achievements ahead of their own.

– They do whatever it takes to accomplish the mission.

To improve mission awareness you should:

– Check if your team is focused on its mission.

– Find ways to keep the mission in mind.

– Contribute to the best of your ability 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) evaluation; b) alignment; (c) attitude; and, d) action.
To improve preparation you should:

a) become a process thinker; b) investigate further; and,

c) learn from their mistakes.

13. relational: if you get along, others will too
Teams want people who are relational. Look for the
following in their team relations: a) respect;
b) Shared experiences; (c) trust; d) Reciprocity; and,
e) mutual enjoyment.

To relate better with your classmates you must: a) concentrate
in others instead of yourself; b) ask the right questions;
(c) share common experiences; and, d) make others feel

14. Self-improvement: To improve the team, improve yourself
People who constantly improve themselves do three
processes a continuous cycle in their lives: Preparation,
Contemplation and Application.

To become self-improvement you must: a) become highly
educable; b) plan their progress; c) value
self-improvement over self-promotion.

15. Selfless: There is no “me” in the team
As a team member, how do you cultivate an attitude of

– Be generous.
– Avoid internal politics.
– Show loyalty.
– Value interdependence over independence.

Be more selfless.

– Promote someone other than yourself.
– Take a subordinate role.
– Give in secret, without the other team members.

16. Solution Oriented: Make a resolution to find the solution.
solution Your personality type, education and personal
the story affects how solution-oriented you are naturally.
Anyone can become solution oriented. solution oriented
people recognize these truths:

– Problems are a matter of perspective.

– Every problem has a solution.

– Problems either stop us or stretch us.

To become a solution-oriented team player, you must
must: a) refuse to surrender; b) refocus your thinking;
c) rethink your strategy; and, d) repeating the process.

17. Tenacious: Never, never, never give up
Being tenacious means giving everything you have, 100%
no more than you have. has something to do with
working with determination, without waiting for fate.
Tenacious people do not trust luck, fate or destiny.
for your success. When conditions get tough,
keep working Quit when the job is done, no
when you’re tired push yourself further than you think
are you able to

To improve your toughness, you must: a) work harder or
smartest; b) represent something c) make a game out of their work.

Key thoughts:

“Care more about your character than your
reputation, because character is who you really are,
while your reputation is simply what others think you are
-John Wooden, college basketball coach

“Although they only give gold medals in the field of
athletics, I encourage everyone to look at themselves
and find your own personal dream, whatever it is
be – sports, medicine, law, business, music, writing,
what. The same principles apply. turn your dream
in a goal and learn to attack that goal
systematic. Break it up into dick-sized pieces that look like
possible, and then don’t give up. Just keep connecting.”
– John Naber, swimmer, four-time Olympic gold medalist

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