Yes, yes, you’ve been taught since elementary school that team players are good. They’re great. Everyone should try to be a team player.
And to that I say, nope, nope, nope.
There’s nothing worse than a team player. In fact, I’m quite certain team players are ruining the world. Allow me to explain. In my experience, there’s two kinds of team players. And they both suck.
1. The Self-Designated Team Player
These are typically the unmotivated, non-courageous employees to go-along to get-along. How many times have you heard this in the office: “Yeah, I knew it was a bad idea, but I supported it because I’m a team player”. You see them a lot in political office, corporate boardrooms and pitchfork toting mobs.
Doing stupid things because everyone else is doing them...