Calling All Team Player And Individual Perspectives: Part 2

On Thursday, we took a trip through a team player’s mindset—how they think and approach work, bring the team together, and push for a better product. We are going to take a look into the individual player’s approach to working with a team, and see how they fit into the picture.

The individual player: There’s value in competition, no doubt about it, but there’s a balance that employees with a “soloist” perspective, just can’t seem to shake. Being on a team means you don’t have total control—you depend greatly on the performance of others, and you would rather do it all on your own.

These employees will reach goals, and even set them higher for themselves, but healthy competition is out the door—ready, set, and they are gone before the buzzer.

Why you need these people:

  1. Sometimes you need employees who will shine outside of the team arena to bring loose ends into focus.
  2. They can get the job done quickly and effectively.
  3. Project minded (relationships aren’t’ a top priority as the “team player,” they may tend to hurt other’s feelings by pushing the project along)
  4. Take ideas and turn them into action. 

A lot of differing personalities fall into these categories, but the one thing they have in common is a need for each other. Everyone has something to give and something they need from someone else. Even if you have a job position where no one else shares the responsibilities, odds are, you still depend on other’s to get you what you need. You also lay a strong foundation for other’s job duties.

It’s a beautiful thing when these two categories of people collide—they compliment each other to the fullest and produce a bang-up project.