Great Team Members
When a team is healthy, the ability to accomplish more and with increased success becomes a reality. This is why teams are a great solution to solve problems and get things done. A synergy is released when people work together in unity. The role of a team member cannot be understated. The Bible says:
However, in order to have a successful team, everyone needs to play their part. Many people can see the value of the team leader, but a crucial role in a team (and often underestimated) is the team member. Consider some of these attributes that help shape the best team members.
In 1 Samuel 14, Jonathan is considering a bold move, it’s a move that would be a major accomplishment. In verse 7 his assistant supports the vision by saying “Do what you think is best,” the armor bearer replied. “I’m with you completely, whatever you decide.”(NLT)
You can be a support with your words, your actions, and your energy. Support requires trust but it becomes a major catalyst in getting to the finish line.
Humility - Putting Others Before Yourself
The trait of humility is one of great strength in the context of a team. An individual who can put a team win before an individual win can be considered an MVP in the truest sense of that award. An interesting case study is Tom Brady, the quarterback of the New England Patriots. The Patriots won 6 Super Bowls with Brady at the helm. One of the notable qualities of the Patriots over his tenure was their ability to hold onto good players and consistently be competitive. It was frequently reported that Tom Brady would accept lower salaries so that the organization could restructure other player’s deals. He was never a top-five highest-paid quarterback every time the Patriots played in a Super Bowl. Brady prioritized team gain over personal gain.
Encouragement and Edification
Teammates build each other; they challenge one another to grow. Ephesians 4:29 NLT says, “Don’t use foul or abusive language. Let everything you say be good and helpful so that your words will be an encouragement to those who hear them.” Gossip and destructive criticism have no place in a team that desires to succeed. Positive words create positive environments.
The idea of commitment is a driving force that finds its strength in shared values and vision. Committed team members make decisions that benefit their colleagues, team, and organization. Commitment is demonstrated by enthusiasm, willingness, and responsibility. It works like a glue that holds teams together.
An important disclaimer: commitment in the context of a team brings strength and security. However, commitment operates best when the leader is healthy and considers the well-being of the team. An unhealthy leader may inadvertently take advantage of commitment resulting in manipulation.