A current advertisement reads: “Athletes score points, but teams win games.” While the ad is referencing the collaborative nature of a clinic the sentiment applies to teams of all types. Unfortunately, some athletes or other team members see their engagement in a team as optional. It isn’t.

In an organizational setting, everyone’s job description should include the responsibility to “be a good team member.” It doesn’t matter if a person has exceptional individual skills; they will not reach their full potential unless they can effectively function in a group setting. Acting as a “lone ranger” or independent contractor doesn’t work within an organization – at least not over the long term.

If you’re a leader or supervisor and see someone off to the sidelines or declining invitations to engage with the group, make a course correction quickly. A team needs everyone in the huddle to win the game.

About the Author leadership dots by dr. beth triplett

Dr. beth triplett is the owner of leadership dots, offering coaching, training and consulting for new supervisors. She also shares daily lessons on her leadershipdots blog. Her work is based on the leadership dots philosophy that change happens through the intentional connecting of small steps in the short term to the big picture in the long term.

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