Fulfil 5 needs of your team to be a great team player

Any organization small or big wants team players. Team players help organizations and people grow at speed in today’s complex dynamic markets. Here I have introduced your teams’ top 5 needs meeting which will make you a great team player. 

A team player is someone who works well in a team and actively contributes to achieving team goals. It is an invaluable quality that enables you to grow by working with others in process learning from them, sharing your knowledge and learning even more.  

Furthermore, organizations have talent spread across geographical locations within a country, continent, or globally. This brings increased organizational complexity and operational cost impacting organization and people growth. To efficiently harness people skills for organization and people growth, its key people work together on the same opportunities and ideas. 

Below, I have attempted to identify a team’s hierarchy of needs from other team members. Fulfilling these will help you operate efficiently and boost execution speed, thereby enabling growth for all and being recognized as a great team player. 


Note: I have taken inspiration from Maslows Hierarchy of Needs while putting this together. Although it does not match exactly, you may find similarities.

Working environment 

The first important step is to establish a positive working environment in the team. It’s vital to have cultural empathy and respect for each other. 

Culture is defined as behavior, beliefs, norms, habits, or customs found in people. Teams, by very nature, will contain people from different backgrounds. For creating the right working environment, team members need to understand each other’s culture without judgement. 

For example: Something as simple as the time at which one starts and –ends each workday may vary from one to another. Team members should have the required flexibility, exceptional situations aside. 


Once a working environment is established, everyone needs to do valuable contribution towards the common goal. To achieve this, common goals need to be defined, communicated and each team member needs to ensure consistent delivery with continuous improvement. 

For consistency and continuous improvement, do the following: 

  • Planning: requires deep analysis, thought, and action 
  • Quality execution: take ownership of quality delivery 
  • Improvement: continuously retrospect plans vs. deliverables, identifying reasons for gaps, and finding ways to improve 


Once team members start delivering, there’s a need for recognition of knowledge and accomplishment. That provides a way to measure, plan, and accelerate towards bigger achievements. 

Recognition comes with: 

  • Establishing one as an SME for an area 
  • Organizing knowledge sharing sessions 
  • Working in pair to share knowledge and expertise 


Each team member must continuously contribute and have major achievements to show to each other. This motivates everyone towards bigger goals and creates healthy competition. This eventually leads to individual and team growth. 

A major achievement can be defined as one that brings: 

  • High value for customers 
  • A knowledge increase for each team member 
  • High ROI for the organization 


Trust between team members must continuously grow. If there is trust, then working together generally becomes easier and smoother. To establish trust, every team member must be transparent with each other. So, offer transparency for all events and projects, along with improvement plans. This can also encourage team members to help each other grow. 


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