Even the greatest player to ever take to the hardwood court had to come to the realization that winning consistently only started when the other four guys on the floor were included in the show. No doubt that Michael Jordan (sorry, LeBron) could, and often did carry the weight of the entire team on his back and ultimately, to victory, but in the long haul, it’s the great teams that will be remembered.
I once heard a terrific saying describing the meaning of the term, “team player.” It went something like this… when there’s a piano to be moved, a team player doesn’t grab the bench! He or she takes a firm grip with both hands and asks, “Where are we going with this thing?” Now, that is how a team player rolls. It’s somebody who is willing to sacrifice personal gain and glory for the collective good of the entire team. It could mean making sure that the good idea or suggestion that your colleague had, actually gets the recognition. President Reagan had a sign on his desk in the oval office that read, “It doesn’t matter who gets the credit, as long as it gets done.” What a wonderful culture that philosophy supports in any workplace. It also produces a healthy by product of confidence in ourselves as a result of the confidence we show in our teammates.