Team players in a startup get me excited, really excited. A team player is someone who isn’t afraid to take on projects or start new initiatives outside their roles and responsibilities. In the baseball sense, it’s like a utility player who is an active self-starter. With so many moving parts and lack of resources in a startup, these team players are invaluable.
Here are a few examples of team players that take initiative in a startup:
- Bringing ideas to the table, like the introduction of a new employee benefit, and spearheading the selection of a vendor and roll out of the new service
- Identifying a need in the startup, like on boarding and training of new employees, and volunteering to head it up
- Recognizing a hassle, like internal conference room scheduling, and finding a solution for it without prompting
Part of being this type of team play is having the “can do” attitude as well as awareness of what’s going on around them. Team players that take the initiative are invaluable in a startup.
What else? What are some other aspects of team players that take the initiative in a startup?