Collaboration is increasingly important in today’s working environments as well as for the majority of prestigious occupations of the future. What makes someone a team player? Someone who is collaborative gains cooperation, encourages teamwork, works toward solutions, and seeks to benefit all involved parties while participating in a group.
Let’s look at each individually:
- Share your vision and intentions to get everyone on the same page.
- Demonstrate respect for the opinions, expertise, and experience of others.
- Address negativity with empathy. Preserve dignity in a group setting; follow-up in private.
- Engage those who are hesitant to participate.
- Connect people who otherwise may not have an opportunity to work together.
- Share information freely—keep people informed and up-to-date so they have every advantage to bring their best.
Push for Solutions
- Collaboration is beneficial only when it leads to an outcome.
- Keep progress moving forward—know when it is time for debate versus when it is time for action.
- Identify possible solutions without becoming attached to them.
- Focus—address tangential ideas and off-topic discussions before they steer you off track.
Expand Your Definition of Success
- Success is when all parties involved can benefit in some way.
- Don’t hoard your knowledge—share your own expertise with others so they are in a better position to accomplish group goals.
- We all like to be recognized for our efforts—give credit generously and often, but with sincerity. The more you give recognition, the more likely it is to come back to you.
- Get rid of the silo mindset—help and support others in their work to contribute to overall organizational success.