It may seem unlikely that there could be anything new to learn about what makes teams effective, but there is. More than ever before, work today gets done in teams, and your ability to contribute as a member is vital to your career success.
Every team is a unique social unit. The quality of members’ social interactions —both intra-team and inter-team — determines project success or failure. Each member contributes to group outcomes — and some more so than others.
But until recently, there hasn’t been much specific advice on how to improve your value as a team member. You’ve probably been advised to “display empathy,” “respect diversity,” and communicate and share openly. As a team member, you’re directed to work for common goals rather than focusing on personal success.
Sometimes team members are evaluated on factors like leadership, technical skills, vision, communication, and motivation. But although these matter, they’re not nearly as important as social skills.
What’s required to ensure improved teamwork is that you observe and shift awareness of your social skills.
This article explores three ways to become a better team member to improve your social sensitivity and increase your value in your organization.
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- Deep Human Interactions
- Social Sensitivity
- Measuring Teams with the Sociometer
- Team-Based Social Interactions
- Three Ways to Be a Better Team Member
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Article by Patsi Krakoff, Psy.D.
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