Playing Your Part

Written by Michelle Mook on . Posted in Sunflower Diaries

all the worlds a stage All the world’s a stage,

And all the men and women merely players,

They have their exits and their entrances,

And one man in his time plays many parts.

William Shakespeare

Have you ever thought about the role you play in a team? Do you think members play a role or do they simply act out the traits of their personality and work behaviours?

At Pro-Development we think William Shakespeare may have had a point when he said ‘all the world is a stage’. It is true that we take on many different parts both in and out of work. Team leader, Friend, Accountant, Inner Critic, Team Member, Planner, Visionary… The list goes on.

Then of course there are our natural personality traits that underpin our behaviour at work. So when we are playing a particular role, the way we may react and respond to certain situations will probably differ.

For example, someone with a more assertive personality may demonstrate very different skills in the role of team leader to someone with a more empathic and collaborative approach. Does this make either of the team leaders more effective or better than the other? We don’t think so. At Pro-Development we recognise that everyone can bring different strengths to each role that they play. The key of course is to have awareness of our strengths and understand what our ‘go to behaviours are’. That way, whichever role we are playing, we will still be the best we can be and be an effective team member.

Occasionally there may be days when we play more than one part, maybe even several parts! For example when we need to play a part of a Leader, and we also find ourselves being a Critic as well. This can make life and work challenging, and at these times we need to stay authentic and true to ourselves. There is nothing worse than feeling that we can’t do that. So how do we play our part and stay authentic and true to our self?

A couple of thoughts from us:

• Be Self Aware

• Build on your strengths and know your limitations

• Know your core values and stay true to them

• Develop your leadership skills (remember there is 40% funding through the WYCC Skills Service for businesses in the Leeds City Region to help with this until March 2020!

When we do this we can then we can effectively play our part. We would love to hear what you think about this. Let us know how you stay authentic and true to yourself and play your part in your team. We would love to hear your thoughts.

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