Monday MOtivation: The Ideal Team Player, Part 1


The Ideal Team Player, Part 1

In his book, The Ideal Team Player, Patrick Lencioni provides a simple framework to help all of us grow as team players. 


What does an ideal teammate look like to you?


How can you bring in more people that fit the culture of your organization?


According to Pat, there are 3 virtues of an ideal team player: humble, hungry, and smart.




Humility is the single greatest and most indispensable attribute of being a team player. 


If people are fundamentally more interested in themselves than in others, true teamwork cannot happen and get off of the ground. 


Without humility, you're basically just "rearranging chairs on the deck of the Titanic".


Humility is the biggest advantage in becoming a team player.


There are two types of people who lack humility:

The first type are overtly arrogant people that make everything about them.


The other type of people who lack humility are the people that lack self-confidence, but they're generous and positive with others. These people don't understand their gifts and they have a diminished sense of their self-worth. Thus, they don't advocate for their points of view that would help the team. Also, they downplay their skills so they don't bring all of the goodness to the team that they possibly could bring.


Even worse is the quiet person who can't brag about themselves and who also can't celebrate others.


C. S. Lewis said, "True humility is not thinking less of yourself; it is thinking of yourself less."


Humility is knowing that you're not God, and therefore anything you have is a gift!


Who is your role model of this virtue?




Hungry people almost never have to be pushed by a leader to work harder because they are self-motivated and diligent.


This virtue is probably the most straightforward one. But, it is also the hardest one to instill in others if they didn't develop it on their own fairly early.


Hunger does not equal a workaholic.  


Hungry people always want to do more than what is required. 


Hungry people "look around the corners" to go above and beyond. 


Hungry people volunteer to help colleagues, look at the whole picture, and are willing to dive in and do whatever is necessary (even if it's "low-level" work).


Hungry people have natural ambition.


Who is your role model of this virtue?


So, could a person fully practice the core value of teamwork if he or she didn't buy into the idea of being humble, hungry, and smart? The answer from Pat was a resounding no. 


Thus, how will you be a role model of these virtues this week?


Check back next week as we will discuss what Pat meant by being a "smart" teammate. (Hint: it wasn't what we thought.)

In next week's blog, we will also discuss what the different combinations of these virtues look like on a team.


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