You communicate. If you can’t deliver, let your teammates know as soon as you can; I don’t know anyone who likes bad surprises. If you disagree with or are justifiably frustrated with a colleague or a manager or your boss, voice your opinion, clearly and respectfully, and work together to find a solution. That’s how teams get better. Simmering resentment, on the other hand, can make you sick, quite literally, and corrode a team.
You play to win come game time. Good team players focus on the big picture rather than their individual glory. When there’s a project at stake or a pressing deadline, they pull together and get the job done, no matter what it takes.
Most important of all, from where I sit, is this: The CEO has to be a team player too. You will never see the values you seek in your team if you don’t live them yourself.
What does being a good team player mean to you?