Challenges Of Teams And The Teammate You Choose To Be
Teams are funny because you don't have a lot of control over who your teammates are. Work teams, sports teams, family teams - you can choose to quit and find a different team, sometimes. Decide if that is a better fit for you out there. But there is no way to know if you like everyone on the team, let alone if you can be productive teammates. Any team you choose to be a part of there is a chance not everyone likes you. It is hard to tell some times with the different personality types and how they interact with you and the rest of the team.
- Those that don't say hardly anything, they sit in a meeting but don't say a word. Do they agree or disagree? You never feel like you know where you stand.
- Those that act nice but you know don't like you. They smile, converse and seem fully engaged, but you know how they are and the way they talk about other teammates. What do they say behind others backs and how do they act to them?
- Those that want what is best for the team but really they only care about what they want. Lots of their statements contain words like I, me, mine and my.
- Those that outright fight you, or disagree with you at every turn. They aren't secretive about how much they disagree with you.
In the end, the team is what it is, and all you can do is control yourself. What you think, what you say and what you do. You may want to change teams but situations don't always allow us the option. You need a job to support your family and the market isn't as great. Family dynamics often work like a team but that is certainly not something you can just up and quit on. All we can do is strive to be the best version of ourselves that God created. Make sure that our motives are genuine and our words are truth. Live every day being true to who you are. Strive to be the best teammate you can be. Listen well, serve your teammates, do what you can to show each that you care about them. Teams are powerful, but they are only as powerful as the people on it and their willingness to each give what they can to the benefit of the team.