Teamwork Persona: Will Others Want to Work With You?
Colonel Pamela Melroy, former NASA space shuttle commander, recently asked a very telling people skills question during her career mentoring talks at the space and science festival on the Intrepid Museum.
Young adults in school, new entrants into the workplace, or experienced workers changing careers, often overlook this question. They focus on developing occupational skills. Yet the people skills and team skills are the aspects that answer Colonel Melroy’s question. It took more than science smarts to be in space with others.
Teamwork Persona: Are You Someone Others Will Want to Work With?
Start developing your teamwork persona early on and never stop. Your people skills and teamwork skills determine if others want to spend time with you. Here’s a checklist to guide you.
- Flexibility and affability. What behaviors do you exhibit that make it easy to get along with you? What traits or behaviors will you develop to make it even easier?
- Reliability. Do you bring all your talents and abilities to work every single day? Do you shine or retreat in tough times?
- Honesty not bluntness. Do you communicate with honesty and care? Are you straightforward without being blunt? Your teamwork persona will attract others when you are easy to understand without being hurtful.
- Collaboration. How do you react to this word? Do you want to scream out, “I’m highly competitive!” If you did, would others want you on their team? Something to think about.
- Confidence not arrogance. How do you come across? Teammates want your confidence. It lightens the load. They don’t want your arrogance. It increases the load. Make a list of behaviors that you believe express confidence and those that show arrogance. Ask others how you come across. Work on the first list and eliminate the second! This is how you improve your teamwork persona.
- Moderation of extremes. Most everyone has some extreme behaviors. It could be habits you’ve developed or traits that have evolved. The key question is: Can you moderate them so they don’t burden others?
- Courage and humility. Work requires both depending on the situation. When pressure mounts, how do you act? When conditions require some restraint, can you do that well?
- Respect. Showing respect to and for others is essential to a great teamwork persona. It is the basis for all teamwork.
- Integrity. The ultimate factor in whether people will want to work with you. Trust is everything.
Developing your occupational skills is the normal career path. Developing your teamwork persona will lead to incredible career success. Start now!
From my professional experience to your success,
Kate Nasser, The People Skills Coach™
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