There are four primary applications of the ideal team player model within an organization: (1) hiring, (2) assessing current employees, (3) developing employees who are lacking in one or more of the virtues, and (4) embedding the model into an organization's culture. Let's look at these one at a time.

Application #1: Hiring

The most reliable way to ensure that teamwork takes hold in an organization would be to hire only ideal team players. Of course, that is neither possible nor practical, especially considering that most leaders don't have the luxury of creating their teams from scratch. But all leaders can certainly do their best to try to recruit, select, and hire people who are humble, hungry, and smart when an opportunity ...

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