Top 7 Teamwork Skills

Teamwork is one of the most effective things you can teach your employees because it effects things like productivity, work environment, and communication.

Here are the top 7 skills team members should develop so that they can succeed effectively as a team:

1-Listening: There is a time to talk and a time to listen and the time to listen comes twice as often as the time to talk. We can often find ourselves so concerned about what we have to say that we never really hear what the person is saying. Instead of focusing on what they are trying to convey we are thinking about what we are going to say next, in which time we’ve missed their entire point.

2-Sacrifice: Each team member has to evaluate what they are truly willing to sacrifice and then continue to be willing when the time comes that they are asked to sacrifice it. It could be everything from time, to resources, to positions of power.

3-Sharing: What one person knows maybe the key to another person’s problem. We have to be willing to share those keys even when it will make someone else look better.

4-Communication: when there are problems or successes a team has to be willing to communicate effectively what went right and wrong. It is important to analyze issues that you have in a project or as a team but it is also important to analyze your successes.

5-Language: It is so important that you have an established habit of speaking in an uplifting way. If you are at all demeaning or domineering or insulting it will grind the team to a halt. People will still be willing to sacrifice, share and discuss just not with every member of the team. Meaning that the team just became rivals.

6-Hard work: Team members have to be willing to work hard on an individual basis and then turn that hard work over to the team so that as a whole you can make your work meaningful and achieve a greater goal.

7-Persuade: Everyone should be encouraged to exchange, defend and then eventually rethink their ideas.

Teamwork takes individual work for a collective good that ultimately increases the good everyone receives. These skills are a basic list but that will help you start now to be a better team with greater success. You won’t master them all in one day but take every opportunity you can to practice them and they will help.