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Individual Characteristics


Individual Characteristics

Each team member (and we are all members of a team) has responsibilities they must meet to be a valued team member—individual responsibilities and why personal characteristics affect behaviors in organizations.


Team members have responsibilities they must meet to be successful. Each of these responsibilities is interrelated. A team member cannot just successfully demonstrate one of these responsibilities and fail at the others. A team member must be successful at all of them to be influential. Those responsibilities include:

● Building relationships,

● Demonstrating flexibility and adaptability,

● Cooperating with other team members,

● Having a willingness to help others and

● Respecting others.

Building Relationships

Developing a solid working relationship with other team members is arguably the most important responsibility for each team member. The key to this is building a personal rapport with each team member, sharing experiences and hardships, and spending time together when team members have good working relationships, trust, cohesiveness, and improved performance results.

Demonstrating Flexibility and Adaptability

Teams that remain flexible and can adapt to fluid situations are more successful. Members who consider different points of view and compromise when needed strengthen teams.

Cooperating with Other Team Members

Without cooperation, having a solid relationship with other members and remaining flexible will not lead to a high-performing team. The team must be able to work together to accomplish any mission. They can only be successful at doing so if they cooperate, despite any differences in style or perspective.

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