The 17 Essential Qualities of a Team Player: Becoming the Kind of Person Every Team Wants

The 17 Essential Qualities of a Team Player: Becoming the Kind of Person Every Team Wants

by John C. Maxwell

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The 17 Essential Qualities of a Team Player: Becoming the Kind of Person Every Team Wants by John C. Maxwell

From schoolrooms to boardrooms, the word teamwork is becoming more and more important. Organizations of all types accomplish more when people work together. But ultimately, a team is simply a collection of individuals. The challenge for each individual -- each team member -- is to become the kind of person who can maximize his or her contribution and push the team forward to fulfill its mission. The 17 Essential Qualities of a Team Player can help you meet that challenge by helping you develop into a true team player.

As in previous books, Maxwell teaches by taking a look at what works. He examines the triumphs of winning team players such as Quincy Jones, Ronald Reagan, Bob Taylor (founder of Taylor Guitars), and many others, identifying the character traits that brought success their way. Learn how qualities such as discipline, enthusiasm, communication, preparation, and commitment in individuals can improve a team's effectiveness as a whole.

Teamwork is an integral part of business, family, church, and recreation. By guiding you to improve your value as a team member, The 17 Essential Qualities of a Team Player can have a positive impact on every part of your life.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781400280551
Publisher: Nelson, Thomas, Inc.
Publication date: 09/27/2008
Edition description: International Edition Only
Pages: 176
Sales rank: 131,957
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 1.25(h) x 9.00(d)

About the Author

John C. Maxwell is a #1 New York Times bestselling author, coach, and speaker who has sold more than thirty million books in fifty languages. He has been identified as the #1 leader in business by the American Management Association and the most influential leadership expert in the world by Business Insider and Inc. magazines. He is the founder of the John Maxwell Company, the John Maxwell Team, EQUIP, and the John Maxwell Leadership Foundation, organizations that have trained millions of leaders from every country of the world. The recipient of the Mother Teresa Prize for Global Peace and Leadership from the Luminary Leadership Network, Dr. Maxwell speaks each year to Fortune 500 companies, presidents of nations, and many of the world’s top business leaders. He can be followed at For more information about him, visit

Table of Contents

1Adaptable: If You Won't Change for the Team, the Team May Change You1
2Collaborative: Working Together Precedes Winning Together10
3Committed: There Are No Halfhearted Champions19
4Communicative: A Team Is Many Voices with a Single Heart28
5Competent: If You Can't, Your Team Won't37
6Dependable: Teams Go to Go-To Players46
7Disciplined: Where There's a Will, There's a Win55
8Enlarging: Adding Value to Teammates Is Invaluable63
9Enthusiastic: Your Heart Is the Source of Energy for the Team71
10Intentional: Make Every Action Count80
11Mission Conscious: The (Big) Picture Is Coming in Loud and Clear89
12Prepared: Preparation Can Mean the Difference Between Winning and Losing98
13Relational: If You Get Along, Others Will Go Along107
14Self-Improving: To Improve the Team, Improve Yourself116
15Selfless: There Is No I in Team125
16Solution Oriented: Make a Resolution to Find the Solution134
17Tenacious: Never, Never, Never Quit141
About the Author156

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RoadWearier More than 1 year ago
It is said that when Woodrow Wilson attended the Versailles conference and began waving around his Fourteen Points, Clemenceau of France turned to Lloyd George of Britain and remarked "God himself had only ten." The author would have done well to learn from this prior to writing and naming this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This brief, inspirational book uses a now-classic formula for texts on selling and leadership, although its focus on cooperation and following the leader is unusual. Each chapter starts with a short anecdote about a historic figure¿s accomplishments, and his or her triumph over adversity. The vignettes demonstrate the lessons that author John C. Maxwell then briefly discusses in the rest of the chapter. The ¿laws¿ the author promulgates benefit from the stories¿ afterglow and are less important than the stories themselves. Memorable quotations and sidebars that support the author¿s main points round off each lesson. Maxwell is an expert at wielding this formula, perhaps because he helped make it a classic, and a star in the inspirational self-help genre. We recommend his book as a pick-me-up for team members and aspiring leaders.