Characteristics of A Good Team Player (The Big Idea) – John C Maxwell

We Need Teamwork by myles munroe
Disciplined.
Where there’s a will, there’s a win
Discipline is doing what you really don’t want to do, so that you can do what you really want to do. It means paying the price so you can have the reward later. To become the kind of players teams want, people must develop discipline in three areas.
• Disciplined thinking. Keep your mind active, and always think about the right things.
• Disciplined emotions. Either you master your emotions, or be mastered by them.
• Disciplined actions. Action separates the winners from the losers. When people act on what they must do, it is for the benefit of all those on the team.
How do we become more disciplined team players?
By strengthening our work habits. School teaches us to do our homework when it ought to be done, whether we like it or not. Do something necessary but unpleasant every day to keep train yourself and learn to be more disciplined.
By taking on challenges. Take on a bigger task than you are accustomed to. As you keep taking on bigger and bigger tasks, you will find yourself capable of more than you imagined.
By taming your tongue. Hold your tongue when you feel like overreacting emotionally. Give yourself some time to cool down and think rationally.
Enlarging.
Adding value to teammates is invaluable
Team members love a player who is able to inspire them to become more successful. Team players who enlarge their teammates share common characteristics:
Enlargers value their teammates. People can tell when you have faith in them. Their performance reflects the expectations of those whom they respect. Enlargers value what their team-mates value. They know what their teammates hope and aspire for.
Enlargers add value to their teammates. The enlarger looks for special talents and gifts in others and helps bring those out for the benefit of the team.
Enlargers make themselves more valuable. You cannot give what you do not have. If you want to increase the ability of a teammate, work on making yourself better.
How do we become Enlargers?
• 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 your teammates’ strengths, encourage and motivate them out of their comfort zone, but within their gift zone.
Intentional
Make every action count
Being intentional means working with a strong sense of purpose. Successful individuals are never scattered and haphazard. They have a clear reason why they are doing what they are doing. For a team to be successful, it needs intentional people who are focused and productive, the kind of people who can make every action count.
To live with intentionality,
• Have a purpose worth living for. You only need one good strong reason.
• Know your strengths and weaknesses. If you are self-aware and know what you can do well, you will direct your time and energy more intentionally.
• Prioritize responsibilities. Once you’ve figured out why you are here, it’s easier to figure out the what and the when.
• Learn to say No. You can’t accomplish much if you don’t focus.
• Commit yourself to long-term achievement.
We all have a limited amount of time on this planet, so the best use of our time is to live with purpose, or a clear sense of direction that can bring a life that is full and well-lived.
“He who has a “why” to live for can bear almost any “how”. –Friedrich Nietzsche
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