Whether its work, life or startups on a mission; it’s no secret that together we are stronger. Here are 7 strategies that you can apply to whatever you’re doing and become a better team member. Because teamwork makes the team work!

1. Lead By Example – Instead of worrying about the lack of productivity or commitment of others, simply decide to set the example. Show your team members what hard work, passion and commitment looks like. By being the best version of YOU every day, you’ll raise the standards and performance of everyone around you.

2. Use Your Strengths to Help the Team – The most powerful way you can contribute to your team is to use your own talents to contribute to the team vision. Without your effort, focus and growth, the team won’t reach its goal. You have an obligation to improve, grow and evolve; so that, in turn, you can use your strengths to improve and serve your team.

3. Positive Energy Is Contagious – Each day you are infecting your team with either positive or negative energy. Would you rather be a virus or a dose a Vitamin C? Negativity is toxic and ‘energy vampires’ can sabotage teams with their complaining. When you share positive energy you infect the team and enhance mood, morale and performance.

4. Put the Team First – Great team players are people who have put their ego to one side. They work hard for the team, develop themselves for the team and they don’t take credit. Credit is given to the team. They serve the team and their motto is; ‘do whatever it takes to make the team better’.

5. Build Relationships – Relationships are the foundation upon which winning teams are built. Great team members take the time to connect and communicate to build strong bonds and genuine relationships with their team members. It’s important to take the time to get to know them, listen to them and learn about them.

6. Trust and Be Trusted – Strong teams have strong relationships, and those require trust. Trust is earned through integrity, consistency, honesty, transparency, vulnerability and dependability. If you can’t be trusted you can’t be a great team member. Trust is everything.

7.  Be Humble – There’s tremendous power in humility – be willing to learn, improve and get better. Be open to feedback and suggestions. Don’t let your ego get in the way. If someone has constructive criticism to give, don’t be defensive; be open to receiving it. Hear them out and you may just improve! If we’re not humble, we don’t allow ourselves to be held accountable. We won’t grow. We won’t build strong relationships and we won’t put the team first.

Sallee Says: 

TEAM = Together Everyone Achieves More.

What are your top team tips? How do you approach teamwork? Is there anything else you would add to this list? Please share your suggestions in the comments below or tweet me