In this article we’ll be continuing to count down the list of our top 10 traits of an indispensable employee with 8 and 7, Ethics and Team Player

8) Ethics (Integrity)

Honesty and integrity are always top of the list for employers. If your boss can’t trust you, then there really is nowhere to go but out the door. With that being said, honesty should start from the very beginning with your resume and continue on with your presence in the workplace.

It is important to be honest and accurate with your qualifications, accomplishments and experience on your resume. If you aren’t truthful it could affect everything from job offers to promotions. Honesty is about telling the whole truth. Sugar-coating a problem never works and only makes your employer and peers question your integrity.

Strong ethics are extremely important for leaders and honesty and integrity are key ingredients in developing trust and maintaining credibility. Credibility is key in our ability to influence others and provide strong leadership. In our leadership development work, we often ask participants to list the qualities of the most effective leaders they know. Words like sincere, truthful, trustworthy, reliable, principled and genuine are usually on the list. These characteristics are the hallmarks of strong leaders.

Being an ethical leader is not always easy. It takes courage and dedication. It means doing the right thing, even when the right thing isn’t popular or easy. However, being an ethical leader helps you gain trust and respect from others which will always benefit your career.

7) Team Player

You’ve all heard the phrase, “there’s no I in team.” And there’s a reason for that. It’s true! We all have our own visions and goals, however, it is important to continuously remind ourselves that being a team player is essential in achieving our ultimate goal. Respect is key when working as a team. Not all team members may share the same ideas. It is important to listen and consider all opinions because in the end, the important factor is that we all achieve success.

A team player shares knowledge with others to help them achieve goals. Starting in our childhood years we learn that sharing is good! Sharing helps. And sharing leads to success. Think cooperative, not competitive. Employers are looking for people that can succeed and help others succeed in achieving their organization’s goals. Competition doesn’t work.

Teamwork is the proven method of achieving overall success. A team player you can count on demonstrates reliability and works hard and meet commitments. They follow through on their word and don’t complain when issues arise. They solve the problem by communicating with their team in a professional and constructive manner.

Teams need strong team players to perform well. You want to be the kind of person every team wants. If you were choosing team members in your organization, what skills and traits would you look for? Great traits to look for and practice are included below in John Maxwell’s 17 Essential Qualities of a Team Player












Mission Conscious





Solution Oriented


Remember, being a member of the team is important. But being a team player is essential.