17 Essential Qualities of a Team Player, Part 2

Second Essential Quality of a Team Player: Collaborative

Some of Maxwell’s thoughts:

“All your strength is in union, all your danger is in discord” Longfellow

“Collaboration is Multiplication” Maxwell

Collaboration isn’t just “cooperation”. It’s more than that. Cooperation is working together agreeably. Collaboration is working together aggressively.

Becoming a collaborative team player requires a change in focus in four areas:

  • 1. Perception: See teammates as Collaborators, not competitors

Completing one another is more important than competing with one another.

  • 2. Attitude: Be supportive, not Suspicious of teammates

Assume that other people’s motives are good unless proven otherwise.

If you trust people, you will treat them better.

  • 3. Focus: Concentrate on the team, Not yourself

You have two options; ask, “What’s in it for me?” or “What does this do for the team?”

“True progress in any field is a relay race and not a single event.” Cavett Roberts

Stop trying to complete the race yourself

  • 4. Results: Create victories Through Multiplication.

Collaboration has a multiplying effect…because it releases and harnesses everyones skills

You may not be working “against” the team, but it doesn’t mean your working “for” it.

To become a Collaborative team-player;

  • Think win-win-win

Iron sharpens Iron. Hone each others skills.

  • Complement others

Work with those who have strengths in your areas of weakness

Work together with those who have similar gifts

  • Take yourself out of the picture

Instead of promoting yourself, ask yourself how the team would do without you

If the answer is, “better”, then propose ideas that promote and involve others besides yourself.

Some of my Thoughts:

I think a big problem in many churches is that there is a point leader that sees those who are “leading under” as competition, or a threat. I’ve experienced it first hand in two different churches.

In order to be better leaders, the staff at The Journey Church must learn to “let go” of lots of things. We have to learn to trust people and be willing to let them fail and succeed.

It’s a big temptation as a pastor, simply because of our gifts and experience to just adopt the attitude of, “I’ll just do it myself”, or “If you want something done right, do it yourself.” This will destroy your church and lead to burnout.

The Journey Church has experienced good growth over the last several months, with us needing to do two membership classes within two months. We need to make sure these new members discover their gifts and then release them to work in their own unique way towards fulfilling the vision of our Church.

We have to be able to work with people that we don’t necessarily connect with. Not everyone will be your pal or close friend. Learn to collaborate anyway.

I don’t like the word cooperation. It has the hint of passivity to it. “OK, OK, I’ll cooperate! I don’t like it, but I’ll cooperate!”. Collaboration gives the vibe of a well oiled machine with every part of the team having the same vision to get the same thing accomplished.


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