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What Makes A Dream Team?

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The numerous articles on the future of work all speak of the power of collaboration. Whether you’re working in a traditional model of a business or remotely, at some point, you’re going to need to know how to work with others.  So what exactly are the skills a professional person should be nurturing in order to be a ‘team player’? It’s that must have candidates see on almost every single job description, whether it’s for an entry level position, mid or senior level.  
 
Read on for the top 5 skills to build your team player skills and land your dream job.
 
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  1. Excellent Communicator: we see this on CV's and in job descriptions all the time. However, what does it mean, exactly? Being an excellent communicator means communicating openly with your colleagues, sharing your thoughts, opinions and ideas clearly and concisely while also leaving room to consider the point of view of what others have to contribute as well. Communication is an essential skill for keeping track of client communications, progress on projects and working together efficiently on tasks with joint responsibilities. Poor communication results in misunderstanding crossed wires resulting in work being missed & or having to be completed by another colleague. 
 
  1. Supportive Nature:  Almost all team players possess a supportive nature. They understand the delicate balance between executing their tasks while being present for colleagues who may be struggling. Individuals with a supportive nature rank high on emotional intelligence or EQ. This is because they can read subtle signs of what is going on beyond what is being explicitly communicated verbally. Being supportive is directly linked to increased productivity. 
 
  1. Team Goals:  Everyone likes to have a sense of direction and purpose at work. Team players understand this and work collectively to focus on goals and results by setting team goals and not concentrating on individual goals or outcomes. This creates a win/win situation for everyone involved by providing each person with a clear set of objectives that contribute to the collective. Creating and working with a plan to achieve goals has been linked to greater employee satisfaction helping directly with a higher rate of retention and employees who show up to work feeling a sense of purpose. 
 
  1. Equal Contribution: This is linked to number 3 on the list. The most successful team players know how to contribute their fair share to a project. They work effectively to their specific workload understanding the relationship with cause and effect to their colleagues because they know what they are responsible for and the consequences of what happens when too much is taken on.  Being an equal contributor creates a bonding experience between colleagues, which extends to an overall sense of loyalty because they feel they are directly linked to achieving KPI’s and company goals. 
 
  1. Organised:  This is often a learned skill. The more organised business is, the smoother the day runs. Whereas employees should know how to organise themselves individually, especially in the case of remote work, it is also beneficial for those in management and leadership roles to create best practices. Ensuring projects are running according to schedule and highlight potential problems before they become critical. An easy way to do this is by holding a weekly meeting for team alignment. The beginning of the work week is always best. In retail, this allows teams to debrief from the weekend and any stand out events while also creating an atmosphere of purpose for the week ahead.