Teamwork is an evolving skill that transcends geography, industry, and experience – its vital no matter where you are, or where you work, and required whether you’re starting your first job or counting down the years to retirement.

From improved efficiency, strong communication and better workplace morale to knowledge-sharing and camaraderie, the benefits of a successful team are far-reaching. “Teamwork makes the dream work”, as they say.

Even for those who don’t work in structured teams, being a good team member is still important for dealing with business stakeholders and management, internal departments and staff, external clients and partners, third-party relationships, and suppliers.

Here are five teamwork skills you need for success in the workplace.

1. Reliability

Every person you deal with – from employee to client to supplier – should see you as reliable. If they know they can count on you to follow through on deadlines and promises, reply on time, provide high-quality work, and never late to a meeting or appointment, they’ll be able to gauge your reliability and that you won’t let them down. 

Not only is reliability a crucial team skill, but it’s also important for personal career success – as well as securing good references for your next career move.

2. Trust

Trust may not be the first thing that comes to mind when it comes to team skills, but it’s become crucial and important. Without trust, those around you may feel micro-managed, overlooked, or less confident in their own abilities, all of which can slow down the whole team, and stifles creativity and morale.

When you trust each of your team members, they will feel supported, take control of their work and have the reassurance to be confident in their skills.

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3. Open communication

Open communication involves your ability to clearly convey information, facts and ideas through a range of media, including over the phone, by email, and in person. Even the little things, such as replying to an email to let the sender know you’ve seen their message and will get back to them later, can make a huge difference when it comes to fortifying teamwork.

But keep in mind, communication isn’t just about what you say – it’s also about actively listening to what others have to say and ensuring you make it clear that you’ve heard and understood their point.

4. A positive mindset

Chances are, you’ve been in a role where you’ve had to work with someone that’s constantly negative. This pessimistic attitude and mindset can bring down the team, and sometimes spreads across the entire workplace.

On the contrary, being upbeat and believing that you can work through inevitable challenges can be a huge motivation booster for your team, especially when workloads get heavy and stressful. Positivity goes a long way in any aspect of life, and teamwork is no exception.

5. Diplomacy

Whether you work in a cafe or a Fortune 500 company, workplace politics are common across most businesses. Diplomacy is a vital skill for teamwork, as it can help you handle conflict with tact and sensitivity.

Diplomacy means avoiding speaking poorly of others, while still being capable of bringing up issues in a constructive and non-aggressive manner. Being skilled in this area is key to reducing friction within the team and keeping people working together, happily and successfully.

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