12 Ways to Make Yourself A Valuable Team Member

Recently someone came to me for advice in starting a new position. He wanted to know how he could set himself apart and make himself a valuable team member. I loved the question. It shows intentionality and purpose. I decided not to give him just a few suggestions, but to give him a dozen.

Here are 12 ways to make yourself valuable as a team member:

Be an encourager of others on the team

Embrace change willingly

Remain positive when others are negative

Laugh deep and smile often

Value other people’s opinions

Remain steadfast to vision and values

Be flexible with methods

Genuinely love people

Give more than required

Think critically for improvement

Have a servant’s heart

Never gossip or talk bad about another team member

What would you add to my list?

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23 thoughts on “12 Ways to Make Yourself A Valuable Team Member

  1. Going to give this list to my youngest son who is just starting football again. We'll talk about it too, of course. He is a natural leader, and we want him to understand what that means as a member of a team.
    Twitter: KariScare

  2. Prayer and Preparation should be like putting on a good pair of running shoes before you get to the starting line and please make sure they are laced up to avoid tripping.

  3. Ron! Some add-ons in my mind:
    — Believes in oneself
    — Has a passion for his work
    — Listens deeply and beyond the words
    — Inspires and motivates others
    — Sets and holds appropriate standards
    — Lives to his values
    — Creates a safe environment of trust and creativity
    — Is credible and resilient at all times
    — Is aware of the consequences of his actions inside and outside the organization

  4. Thanks, great list. Love that you included “Be flexible with methods” that is a huge stumbling block that causes adversity in teams.
    I would add: Live truly, speak truly, deal truly with EVERY member of the team. Truth makes titles invisible and treats people equally as God does. This fosters a strong unity.
    Twitter: kmac4him