Expanding the perspective of teamwork

Many  job descriptions & advertisements ask for “a team player.”

Demonstrating collaborative work is usually easy enough, but what about utilizing the team around you?

Mary Ellen Slayter’s article adds an important element to the discussion of teamwork – what happens when a team member is unused?

For the leader, being a team player means a commitment to working through the team rather than doing the work yourself.

Deciding alone is choosing to work without your team. Deciding with only part of the team says, “We don’t need Person X on our team.”

The entire team will hear two messages: one, Person X is unimportant, and two, I could be Person X tomorrow.

Use your entire team, or it’s not a team effort.

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