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Attributes That Make Up an All-Star Team

Attributes That Make Up an All-Star Team

Six Qualities to Look for in New Hires

In addition to a candidate’s qualifications and skills, you need to hire employees that possess certain traits or attributes, or they may not mesh well with the rest of your team.

In any office or work environment, employees need to work together if they’re going to get anything done. Just because someone has the skills to do the job, doesn’t mean they’re a good fit for your company.

If you want to increase revenue and productivity while reducing your turnover rates, evaluate candidates and existing team members based on their traits in addition to their qualifications.

The best performing teams tend to possess the following attributes:


Your employees need to be able to talk and listen to one another as they collaborate on a series of projects. From one-on-one to group brainstorming sessions, everyone should respect and value each other’s opinions.

Communication should be a two-way street. Your employees should know when to speak up and when to recede into the background to allow an opportunity for other team members to express themselves.

Focusing on Shared Goals

Results matter most in the workplace, but instead of having your employees compete against each other, everyone should be working towards the same goals.

The best workers leave their egos at the door and focus on improving the company as a whole, not just their own careers.

Use these goals to bring your team closer together. Designate tasks so that your team members build off of each other, rather than trying to outdo each other at every turn.

Taking Responsibility for Their Actions

If a team member makes a mistake, they should take responsibility for their actions and move on without taking it personally. Your team members also shouldn’t be quick to point fingers or call out each other when mistakes are made. Everyone is in this together, so there’s no need to shame individual team members. This kind of behavior will only slow things down.

Your employees should also take responsibility for their fair share of the work. If someone falls behind, they can ask another team member to pick up the slack, but they shouldn’t make it a habit.

Everyone has good days and bad days, and your team needs to roll with the punches without casting blame. The best employees take responsibility for their actions without having someone guilt them into it.

Offering Support

Your team members should always be there to support one another. If someone is having a personal crisis or just an off day, the other team members should be considerate, even if it means they have to pick up the slack.

We all need support from time to time, including emotional, professional, and intellectual support.

Everyone should be considerate of each other’s needs in the workplace and recognize the value of these collegial relationships.


Having a diverse team will help you reach new heights around the office. Racially diverse teams outperform non-diverse teams by 35%.

But diversity isn’t just about race. It’s also about gender, sexual orientation, religion, age, and professional background.

Everyone should make space for each other’s differences around the office while valuing the contributions of diverse team members.

These differences can help your team think in new and unexpected ways. Inclusive companies are 1.7x more likely to be innovation leaders in their market.

Taking Joy in Their Work

Your employees won’t get far if they can’t take joy in their work. The best teams are actively engaged with the task at hand, rather than just going through the motions.

As stressful as work can be sometimes, there should always be room for laughter and excitement in the office. Your team should take pride in their work without taking themselves too seriously.

Keep these attributes in mind as you add new members to the team. If someone doesn’t possess these traits, they will likely drive down productivity and create problems for other team members.

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By |2019-09-24T17:43:41+00:00September 24th, 2019|

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Jonathan Gilde

Jonathan is a digital marketer based in San Diego. Whether developing a content marketing strategy for a Fortune 500 company or helping an emerging small business develop a brand, he’s passionate about delivering results.