Qualities of a Team Player

Some time ago one of my mentors wrote a book titled The 17 Essential Qualities of a Team Player. I read it once and then like most books I set it aside because I thought I had it all figured out. I had been on sports teams throughout my childhood, teenage years, college and then in the military. I even tried my hand during medical school, as one of the older folks trying to keep up with the young men and women in my class. It has already been a few years and I still feel the ache of my hamstring and the restricted motion of my shoulder. Things don’t heal as fast once you get past a certain age.


What I learned is that sports is just one environment that involves being on a team, and unfortunately it does not teach everything and it is not always positive. Teams exist in our homes, at work, at church and beyond.

A couple of weeks ago I was asked by a business owner to facilitate a Master Mind group for his company and he selected this book as the first project. Unlike the majority of book reviews, this one would not be in a classroom or conference room, but it would be conducted via an online platform, and thus participation could be less than ideal. I knew there would be some challenges, but as time went on employees started to buy in to the conversation. It has only been a few weeks now, but I am happy to report that the discussion is making a difference in what is happening in the workplace.

So today I wanted to share those 17 qualities with you.

I am guessing you are on some sort of team. It could be small or it could be large. It does not really matter the size as the qualities transcend all environments and situations. I know you don’t have a lot of time on your hands to add another book to your reading list so I thought I would just give you a quick run down of the qualities here. Some food for thought if you will, and perhaps one day you can do a review of the book on your own.

Take a look at the list and see how you are doing. Find a few you could work on, and then witness the transformation that occurs. You don’t have to be great at all of them. The key is that you are thinking about them. Perhaps you even have your own version or twist on one of the qualities. If it is working, don’t change it. But you can indeed always make it better. You could even just copy and paste the list on to a piece of paper and put it up in your home or your work-place. You never know what might happen.

  1. Adaptable
  2. Collaborative
  3. Committed
  4. Communicative
  5. Competent
  6. Dependable
  7. Disciplined
  8. Enlarging
  9. Enthusiastic
  10. Intentional
  11. Mission Conscious
  12. Prepared
  13. Relational
  14. Self-Improving
  15. Selfless
  16. Solution Oriented
  17. Tenacious

Have a blessed an amazing week!

2 thoughts on “Qualities of a Team Player”

  1. Nice post Jason. Really great to ser something like This verbalized. I could add being a musician. If we dont work on these 17 issues, performing on group will not sound good. All best from .pt

  2. The best way to improve the team is by improving yourself while keeping others, team members, in mind. Keep these qualities in your working memory. I’m finding that being “intentional,” intentionality is to key to my team members. Be intentional, know what you’re doing and why. Then you will be and fulfill many of the other qualities. And in reality, you will then care about the other qualities. Thanks.

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