While working individually has its merits—and is often essential—in today’s workplace, you must be a team player to succeed. Make sure you’re following these rules:
1. Understand the team goals. Your boss should establish them, but it’s up to you to ensure that you understand why they are important and how you play a role in meeting them. Ask plenty of questions early on to gain clarification.
2. Pull your own weight. This one seems obvious, but plenty of people are content to let others pick up their slack or cover their mistakes. Do your job to the best of your abilities—and volunteer for projects and lend a hand to teammates when they need it.
3. Communicate and collaborate. You must be willing to share your ideas and opinions, and accept the same from others. Accept the best plan, even if it isn’t your own.