1. What does it mean to be a member of a team? What can a team accomplish that one person working alone cannot?
2. What positive and negative experiences have you had as team member or a team leader? Identify instances when your team’s effectiveness has suffered due to style differences among members.
3. Do you regard your team responsibilities as a top priority or as an intrusion on your “real job”?
4. In your organization, to what degree are you evaluated and rewarded for your skills and effectiveness as a team player versus for your individual performance?
5. Who are some people you depend on to accomplish your job? What people depend on you to accomplish their jobs? How do you feel about this inter-dependence?
6. What does the term “team player” mean to you? What does a team player do? How do team players with different backgrounds and personalities contribute to productive and successful teamwork?
7. When is conflict a healthy force in a team? Identify instances when conflict or interpersonal differences helped produce positive outcomes in teams of which you were a member. Describe instances when your team or the organization suffered when there was too little conflict in the team.
8. What is the proper balance between a task- or results-focus, and a process- or human relations-focus in a team? Identify instances when teams you were on concentrated too much on either the task or the team’s process. What were the consequences of these imbalances?
Excerpted from the Leader’s Guide for the video training program Team Building: What Makes a Good Team Player?.