5 Ways to Increase Your ‘Teamability’

Teamability: The ability to be a great team player.

Everyone wants great team players. What can you do to be a better one? Try answering these questions and you’ll generate your own personalized tips:

1. What kinds of things really made you feel good?

Think back over all your job experiences – both paid and volunteer work. Make a list. Can you find some similarities between them? There’s an excellent chance that you will ‘team best’ when doing work that involve the same types of tasks, responsibilities, and/or work environments.  Consider asking for the opportunity to add or ‘swap’ some of the listed items into your current job.

2. Does someone need a hand with something that you can offer?

You don’t have to be a manager to help your teammates. Go for it!

3. Is there someone you trust to give you some?

There’s really no better ‘growth gift’ than honest, caring, respectful feedback. If so, go ahead and ask. In fact, your first question should be for feedback on your teamability!

4. Can you think of some of ways to ‘advertise’ your readiness to take on job challenges that really ‘fit’?

You probably have a good sense of how you make your best contributions to group efforts. But you could be mistaken if you assume that others know this about you.

5. Are you seeking out the ones that will benefit you while bringing benefits to others?

Learning doesn’t stop when you graduate from school, finish training, or reach a goal. There are always opportunities to develop a new talent, skill, ability, or interest.

What will your future look like? With greater teamability, you’ll have broader options, plus the flexibility and support to see them through to a successful conclusion!

For this post, we thank Dr. Janice Presser and our friends at Teamability.

About the Author: Dr. Janice Presser is Chief Executive Officer and a principal of The Gabriel Institute, and (with Dr. Jack Gerber) an originator of the underlying technology that powers TGI Teamability. She is a recognized thought leader in qualitative assessment and Coherent Human Infrastructure management concepts. Dr. Presser has served on SHRM’s Human Capital Assessment/Metrics Special Expertise Panel and their Taskforce on Workforce Planning, and currently serves on its Taskforce on Metrics and Measurements. She is Contributing Editor for Selection in ELLA®, Employment Labor Law Audit.

Dr. Presser has authored five books and numerous articles, tweets as @DrJanice, networks on LinkedIn, and blogs at Teamability.blogspot.com. She leads TGI’s technology strategy and deployment, as well as her more traditional CEO and spokesperson duties.

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  • I think this is a great post, it is important to know how to be a good team member. I think that an essential part of being a good team member is knowing the overall mission of the team and how your work fits into achieving that mission. 

    • Exactly, Melissa! A team is made up of individuals, with individual skills sets and personalities. But, all these individuals need to be working together toward the common goal and direction. And to do that one has to know how to mix their individuality into the group.