Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Becoming better team players

I sometimes come across people who are extremely intelligent but blinded to the fact that their intelligence overpowers their capability to fit within a team. I do empathize with them because I know when this happens, it hurts them. It would be a shame to let their intelligence and creativity being under utilized due to their inability to become a good team player. These people need to be managed smartly in order to fully utilize them. But can we place the entire responsibility on their managers? It would be nice if these people at some point of time, take the responsibility to be more aware and become better team players.

Here are some tips that would help cope with the situation.

  • Take feedback from peers seriously. It would help you shape your actions.
  • Don't take the feedback personally.
  • Don't be dismissive of the feedback. When one is super intelligent, one tends to be dismissive of the feedback, this would be a mistake.
  • Remember, you don't have to curb your intelligence, you only need to adjust your personality and be mindful of the team dynamics.

    Aditi Chopra is an experienced leader in the software industry.
    She is a consultant, writer and a leader.
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