I do a lot of training on how to build high-performance teams. One of the workshops I typically take the group through is to create a list of the characteristics of an Ideal Team Member. I ask them, “If you could bring somebody fantastic onto your team, someone that you would love to work with, what would that person be like? What are the skills, abilities, and attitudes of an ideal team member for your company?”

Here are the responses I hear the most:

  • Honest
  • Has 100% integrity
  • Positive attitude/fun to work with
  • Proactive/self-starter
  • Competent
  • Innovative/creative
  • Excellent communicator
  • Great listener
  • Highly collaborative/a strong team player
  • Lifelong Learner
  • Loyal
  • Respectful

After I read the list to the group, I ask how many of them would like to have someone with all these characteristics on their team. Every hand in the room shoots up, and then I say to them. “To get someone like this to join your team, you must first be like this. Because anyone with all the characteristics on that list will only work for someone else who exhibits them too.”

Is there anything that you would add to the list?

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