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Wednesday, January 21, 2009

The 17 Essential Qualities of A Team Player – Becoming the Kind of Person Every Team Wants

David A. ZimmerPrint

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We work in teams. Very seldom are we called upon to create a piece of work alone. It is part of a larger effort. It has been said nothing great was ever accomplished alone. But how do we become better team players? What does it mean to be better? Many grew up playing on some sports team, singing in a choir, acting in some drama or performing in a band. Shouldn't that experience be enough to teach all we need to know? Dr. John C. Maxwell lists 17 Qualities of a good team player.
Dr. Maxwell has distilled years of working with companies developing teams into 17 essential qualities a team member must have. They include
  • Adaptable
  • Collaborative
  • Committed
  • Communicative
  • Competent
  • Dependable
  • Disciplined
  • Enlarging
  • Enthusiastic
  • Intentional
  • Mission Conscious
  • Prepared
  • Relational
  • Self-Improving
  • Selfless
  • Solution Oriented
  • Tenacious
First, I have read many of Dr. Maxwell books. I find them easy to understand, written in a style that lets me grasp the information, and apply it to my life, so I guess I at least qualify in the "Self-Improving" category. This book, in particular, was divided into chapters which were short. I could read about one quality in my spare time, even during hectic days. Each section had a pattern: a story or example to make the point, a thought provoking section to reflect on the point made, a section making it real in my life, and a take-away. Each presentation angle helped me to understand the points being made.

As a project manager, I am required to develop my team. The team helps me accomplish the tasks and complete the project assigned to me. By developing the team, I increase my chances of success – a great indicator of my ability to manage projects. But, if I don't know what characteristics are important to develop, how can I develop them? This book provided a simple list with tangible ideas to use while developing my team. I will definitely use this information and keep the book nearby as I manage my project. It will become one of my most valuable references.

I'm going to rate this book a 4.0 out of 4.0.

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