Qualities of a True Team Player

10 Qualities in a True Team Player

Do you consider yourself to be a “team player”? This descriptive gets tossed around a lot, especially during the interview process. But, to me, it is vital to the success of the entire team and it should not be taken lightly.

I am not a fan of team members who do not carry their weight and/or basically ride the coattails of other team members who go above and beyond.

I am not a fan of team members who are constantly complaining — about everything.

Working in litigation support can be stressful enough without having to deal with a non-team player on the team. In fact, one bad egg can cause daily negativity, resentment, frustration, annoyance and distraction.

I am grateful to have worked on some awesome, kick-butt, motivating, “I got your back” teams. When you experience¬†this kind of team, it feels great! You want to go to work each day to be a part of something amazing. There are so many more successes when a team works well together.

Below are ten qualities I expect a true team player to have:

  1. Positive attitude
  2. Contributes to the conversation
  3. Puts in the work
  4. Considerate
  5. Trustworthy
  6. Shares credit
  7. Reliable
  8. Competent
  9. Flexible
  10. Sense of Humor

Pulling together a great team can be difficult, but it is worth the extra effort to find the right people because it will have a daily impact on the team in its entirety.

Do you have other qualities you would add to the list?



  1. Great list.
    I’m not sure how to simplify it into one word but a team player also needs to be able to see the big/little picture. Maybe: Vision.
    We had a “team player” who, on the first day in the office, moved two plants and the fax machine because they were in the “wrong” place. Silly example but typifies the attitude of not seeing how they fit into the larger scheme and what their role was in it.

    1. I love the word Vision, Rick. I totally agree about priorities — the example I like to give is when a new person complains about their chair or work area. It is a red flag for sure.

  2. I 100% agree. Also, team members must have respect and appreciation for the contributions and talent of the other members. Leave your “Score card” at home and share in the common goal!

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