Who’s the best person to have on a team?
Is it the person with all the skills?
Is it the person with the silver-tongue?
Is it the person filled with knowledge?
Is it the person who knows everyone?
While all these people can be valuable components of a team, the best person to have on a team is the one who can move it forward, rather than holding it back.
This is the person who listens and asks questions to draw out more information and ideas.
This is the person who makes others feel they are heard and have influence on the team.
This is the person who doesn’t shy away from conflict but brings it into the light in a respectful way and uses it to fix the shortcomings of the team.
This is the person who is open to differing opinions and is eager to build on the ideas of others.
This is the person who brings a positive attitude to the team.
The best person to have on a team isn’t the person with the most talent and know-how, it is the one who can see the unique value in their team members and draw it out for the benefit of all.
The only question you need to answer is, is this you?
A Team Human Conversation
Fight workplace zombies in your organization and join Team Human! Gather a group of fellow workplace zombie hunters to discuss our most recent blog post. Use the questions below to kick start your conversation.
- Think of a team you were part of that didn't work well together. What issues influenced this?
- Think of a team you were part of that did work well together. What issues influenced this?
- What can you work on to be the team member that moves your team forward?