Let’s talk about teammates. Think about the best people you’ve ever worked with. What makes them the cream of the crop to you? How can we be the best people our teammates have ever worked with? For me, the general answer is impact.
What do I mean by impact? The effect of my presence on the team. Are my teammates happier because I’m around? Are they laughing more? Do they feel more confident because they can talk through solutions with me? When we’re having a discussion, am I helping keep us on topic? Am I helping clarify the points made? Am I helping facilitate clear and productive communication? Am I making sure every one of my teammates is heard? Am I listening carefully? Am I encouraging my teammates to grow? Am I encouraging them to utilize me? Am I encouraging them to utilize each other? Am I building trust with them? Am I making them proud we work together?