Working as a Team

Working as a Team
Working as a Team
When working in a team setting, whether in an office or on a school project, it is important to maintain a balance of traits such as having a strong voice and knowing when to sit back and just listen. Often times, there is a group leader and he or she will take the reigns on which direction the team is going, what the next steps are to follow, how and when to proceed, etc.

It is vital to be an active listener as well as an active participant in lending your own ideas. For instance, when working in a group on a school project, everyone should have designated roles in what their responsibilities are and how they are to be executed. If there is one person who is not carrying his or her weight, it should be addressed and resolved as to how to distribute the work more evenly. If there is one person who is not the appointed leader, but yet seems to be making all the decisions for the team, it is important to address this as well and have an equal partnership of how to accomplish the group project. Or, simply select someone to be in charge so there is no confusion, but always keep in mind the operative word "group" project. It’s a group effort, therefore one person should not call all the shots and one person should not do any more or less work than other.

When in an office setting and in a team meeting, it’s just as critical to be dynamic with your thoughts in voicing your opinion, but not dominating as to come off too aggressive. It can be a turn-off to others and your boss if your presence takes over a team meeting, but remember it’s just as unimpressive to be a wallflower. Let your team and your boss know you have good ideas and share them with others in an appropriate, assertive manner that is not overpowering. Be energetic throughout the discussion but not domineering and show each member of the room you have a good balance of leadership and listening.

If you are getting the sense that your ideas aren’t being heard or you have the impression that others aren’t taking to your forceful personality, try to be open and honest about it with the team as a whole or by approaching your boss/group leader privately. Get some constructive criticism on how to improve your interpersonal skills and the team setting will run a lot smoother.
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