If you are a super motivated millennial it is easy to put your own personal goals ahead of those around you. It’s not the worst thing in the world, but as you grow both personally and in the work force it is crucial to learn to be a team player.
There’s a saying I love which is “If you’re the smartest person in the room then you are in the wrong room” and not a truer word has ever been spoken. By surrounding yourself with people who you can learn from will ultimately get you closer to achieving your goals sooner whilst building character and fine tuning your skill set along the way.
Here’s some food for thought…
Lead or be lead, it’s all the same
Pretty much every great leader I know don’t rely solely on themselves to get the job done, they have an army beside them, whether that is a mentor, director or even an assistant to help them with their daily tasks. There is no point trying to do it on your own, share your wins and remember that leaders bring people together.
Your Attitude is Everything
Put your hand up and show that you are genuinely interested in being a team player and helping your team out as much as you can. You will gain the respect of your colleagues if you show them that you have the ability to work with others and have a can-do attitude. If you don’t carry your weight, they will see it and it could really work against you in the future, so head down bum up and show them what you’re made of!
Prove Your Worth
If you are working in a team environment and something is delegated to you or expected of you there are no excuses for not getting the job done. If you team has entrusted you with a job then you have to get it done, there really are only two choices; Success and failure. If you do fail it is a lot harder to stand in front of a team and tell them you haven’t completed the task because even if we do pretend that we don’t we really do care what our peers think. Letting ourselves down is one thing, but letting down a whole team, that can be career suicide.
When people do well in a group environment, it will push you to also meet that standard. Chances are you will be working with people who have been in the company longer than you or who have graduated the course you are undertaking, by working as a team you can learn valuable things from them and they are more likely to take you under the wing and help support you if you show them that you are interested in learning from them and appreciating any time and effort they put into you. Always speak up when you learn something new and give them praise for teaching you something new, it is always OK to say that you didn’t know something previously or that you have enjoyed learning it from them.
There is Always Room to Learn and Improve
Use this opportunity to realise your full potential, as individuals we often have a lot of limitations, it is normal that we are really good at somethings but suck at others but when you are part of a team it becomes a lot easier to recognise your full potential because one persons weakness is someone else’s strength. This is a powerful combination and with the support of your team you can go on to do impressive things. Remember there is no I in team, just a hell of a lot of hard work and learning. So, be open to it and go out there and be the best team player you can be!