A team player knows how to manage expectations, work on their problem solving skills, and know how to work effectively. Team players also need to know a range of experiences to get used to the many ways that working in a team can be beneficial.
In this guide from an independent day school, we take a look at the ways you can help to raise a team player.
Involve problem solving activities from a young age
Having the means to solve problems makes a lot of responsibilities all the more easier to manage. When children work in teams, they will be presented with a lot of different challenges that will pose a threat and will need to act quickly to solve them.
In group projects for instance, each child will have to pull their weight to come up with a solution to an overarching problem. Showing your child how they can solve problems from a young age can help them with their understanding of working together to solve bigger issues.
Have your child work on responsibilities
From handling chores to giving them a task to do at dinner time, your child can really see how they can work with you to be a team player. When working in a group your child will probably be expected to work on particular tasks. Giving your child a little bit of responsibility now will train them to be prepared for the future.
Allow your child to work independently
You may be thinking that independent working is the opposite of understanding how to be in a team. However, there is a big impact in learning to think on your own terms, and manage their thoughts and feelings when in a group. Give your child the space to think and plan in their own way – they’re more likely to know their own impact and learn how to give respect towards others when in a team setting.