Six Qualities That Make You Perfect for Our Team
By Lena Hall
Building a high-performance team is one of the most difficult jobs for a manager. Often times business leaders focus on the skill set needed to fulfill the job requirements and will often overlook basic personality traits critical to building the right synergy amongst team members. If employees do not gel and work well together with other team members, problems can arise, personalities may clash, and ultimately project failures can occur. A strong team is a foundation for exceeding our client’s expectations. In this article, we will discuss the six main qualities that we look for in potential team members.
- Analytical Thinker – Analytical thinkers, or left-brain thinkers, are straight-line and logical thinkers. What makes analytical thinkers an invaluable part of a team is their:
- Ability to brainstorm innovative ideas to fulfill the tasks at hand.
- Capacity to problem-solve by evaluating challenges and synthesizing the information necessary to achieve viable solutions.
- Innate gift of applying critical reasoning, decision-making and researching skills to analyze a problem and reach a solution.
- Self-Starter – A self-starter is a person who is sufficiently motivated or ambitious to start a new project without the help of others.
- Genuine Commitment – Team members are genuinely committed to their cause. They share the same vision and a collective feeling of trust within and between groups. Good team members show up when needed, actively contribute and strive for excellence.
- Flexibility – Exceptional team members want to be there when the “magic” happens. Flexible teams members:
- are actively involved and contribute to overcoming the tough challenges.
- refuse to sit on the sidelines while the important work is done.
- have a strong desire to collaborate and
- are flexible to situations that are not planned; and
- participate in an effort to tackle challenges without showing signs of stress or pressure.
- Demonstrate experience in new technologies and relevant capabilities with Big 5 consulting firms – A team member who has past experience in using up to date and new technologies and capabilities (such as Lean Six Sigma or Scrum) are very valuable to our company. Learning new skills and capabilities increase the will to learn outside of the box for our team members.
- Consider Others Input – Respectfully consider the ideas and opinions of others. Considering others and their differences of opinions, work styles and approaches can prove valuable. This is one of the many reasons we believe diverse teams are more effective. Typically, the input from team members from vast backgrounds can offer insight that if considered by all can lead to stellar outcomes to tough challenges they’ll face over the life of the project.