Posted by Robert Half on 22 May 2014
What skills and abilities can you offer to ensure selection for the ultimate dream team?
It takes many different skills and talents to construct a winning team - the same applies whether you're on the football pitch or in the office.
Can you imagine a team with 11 Lionel Messi's? For all the attacking verve and goal threat, it would be fairly hopeless at defending corners. Likewise, a team with 11 Carles Puyol's would be near-impossible to break down, but would it ever get the ball into the opponent's half?
In the office, you need varied teams, consisting of members with different skills and levels of experience. Not everyone can be the leader, but nor can everyone sit back and await instruction.
Balance is all-important in any team, in any scenario. Managers need to find the right blend of individuals, get them operating in the right positions, and mould them into a cohesive, well-oiled unit.
Individually, team members may have their own limitations, but together there is scope for collective success and glory.
So whoever you are - and whatever your level of skill or expertise - you may find there is a place for you in an ultimate dream team.
It's a case of establishing what you are good at, honing your skills, and developing expertise in your area of strength.
Being part of a winning team
As an individual you need to consider what value you can add to the team - whether this is skill, energy, awareness, experience, or perhaps a dash of flair or creativity.
More so than ever, managers are under pressure to deliver results, and they are reliant upon the efforts of their team members for success.
Often working with limited resources, managers need to target new levels of efficiency and productivity. They certainly can’t afford to be carrying any passengers - team members who do not pull their weight.
So if are hoping to be selected, you need to prove your value and worth to the group. This means offering something special that others cannot necessarily provide.
What type of a player are you?
Great teams need a range of different individuals, with their own abilities, personalities and character traits.
On the football pitch you need a strong manager, an inspirational captain, experienced veterans, energetic new recruits and the odd stand-out star.
The same applies in business, where there is an important role for each type of player. If you fit the mould, and offer what the team is lacking, employers will be eager to secure your signature.
Coach/manager - Are you a Pep Guardiola or Jose Mourinho - someone who can lead, motivate, facilitate and also make the right decisions at the right time? Can you identify and nurture the strengths of other workers, and foster an environment where everyone is motivated to give their all?
Captain - Are you a Philipp Lahm or a Thiago Silva - someone who leads from the front whatever the task and becomes a trusted role model for their colleagues? Can you solve problems, inspire your colleagues and give clear direction, allowing others to perform to the best of their ability?
Experienced head - Are you an Andrea Pirlo or Frank Lampard - someone who knows the job inside out, and has seen it and done it all before? Can you use your acquired skills and know-how to help out junior members of the team, while still continuing to perform at a high level years after you started?
New recruit - Are you a Julian Draxler or a Paul Pogba - a highly motivated newcomer, full of ideas, enthusiasm and untapped potential? Are you eager to learn from more experienced members of the team, and take on additional responsibility?
Star player - Are you a Cristiano Ronaldo or an Eden Hazard - a flair player with a creative mind, somebody who shows flashes of genius and always rises to the challenge? Every team needs one of you - someone who delivers results, turning contenders into champions.
Whether you're a footballer or a business professional, you have the ability to make a real difference to a team somewhere - whether locally, nationally or even on the global stage.
Understanding where your abilities lie, and the types of roles you should be targeting, helps you make the strongest possible case for selection.
This means that when the team gets picked, you're out there playing on the pitch rather than left behind on the subs bench.