Becoming a Team Player


Your Challenge: Are you on the outside looking in at your peers’ collaborations? Do you have a reputation for being a “lone wolf” or a “star?” Do people see you as invested in your rank or pushing your interests ahead of the common good?


Proven Strategy: You lose nothing and have everything to gain by becoming a team player—with your peers and with your direct reports, not to mention with outside groups. Let us show you the specific ways to join the group. You’ll reap rewards you could never get on your own.

Here’s a sample of just one of the strategies you get:

Treat people equally.
Monitor how you respond to people from different functions and levels to see how many more times you agree with, give positive body language to, or interrupt various individuals. If you have trouble doing this, ask a trusted colleague to observe you confidentially in meetings or other interactions. Strive to interact with people more equitably, regardless of their rank or position—or your personal feelings about them. Show the same degree of respect, acknowledgement, and attention to everyone. If you must make distinctions, limit those to ones that are performance-based, and only do that in private without any reference to others.

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