Negative attitudes bring down the team's performance and morale. Positivity can be equally contagious and improve outcomes for the team. A strong teammate is supportive and has a positive attitude toward teammates and the team's work overall.
_ I saw a meme not to long ago that read a bad attitude is like a flat tire. You can't very far until you change it. This is true for both your personal and your team related efforts. When it comes to your teammates, and your teams work, it's important to keep a positive outlook. To demonstrate you're a positive teammate you can highlight the strengths of your teammates, refrain from gossiping, and avoid speaking negatively about the team's projects. Let's start with the first area. Highlighting the strengths of your teammates as they make contributions towards accomplishing your teams goals.
When you note the efforts and point out their strengths you make your teammates feel appreciated. So give credit where credit is due. You can do this when you talk about them to others and you can also compliment them directly. Who doesn't like to be praised. By saying nice things about your teammates, you set a positive tone for your team as a whole. When you don't have something positive to say about a teammate, it's best to remain quiet. As tempting as it might be, try to refrain from gossip about your teammates.
This includes listening to, discussing or spreading details you've heard but have not verified are true. One issue with office gossip is that it can spread so easily. It may start off as something small, maybe even well intentioned. Say you shared something with one person, The problem is that one person will likely tell at least one other person and so on. Before you know it that one statement has grown to the point where it's uncontrollable and lots of people have heard a version of what you originally shared.
I say a version. Because information is almost never shared exactly as it was heard. Just think of the game of telephone you might have played as a child. Each person passes on a version of what they heard so by the time it reaches the last person the information maybe completely different from where you started. This is problematic because it spreads false information, depletes trust, and negatively impacts the team's dynamic. In addition to being positive towards your teammates and avoiding gossip, it's also important to keep a positive outlook about the work you're engaged in.
There's tons of literature out there about the power of positive psychology. It along with a negative attitude can be contagious. The good news is you can practice this. For starters avoid complaining. Whether or not you like the project your team is working on doesn't change the fact that you need to work together to complete it. It's much easier to work with someone who's making the choice to be positive about the work. Another thing you can do is train yourself to look for the positive in every situation.
We see what we're looking for. To be a good teammate choose positivity. It's much more likely, your outlook on the work will be positive if you're looking for the good in it. Negative attitudes bring down the team's performance and morale. Positivity can be equally contagious and improve outcomes for the team. Remember a strong teammate is supportive and has a positive attitude towards teammates and the team's work overall.