*This is a collaborative post.
While it’s important to raise your child to have independence and strong leadership skills, it’s important that they can also work collectively as a part of a team. They will likely face situations both academically and within the workplace where they have no choice over who to work with and will need to deal with different personalities. One way that you can prepare your child is by encouraging them to take up a sport as most are team games. Schools tend to have their own sporting groups which is one avenue to explore. If you would like some more ideas on raising a team player, take a look at the ones that we’ve included below from an independent school in London.
Choirs also require collaboration and effort from all. We all have our strengths and weaknesses and as a team, children will need to work together to see how they can aid and complement one another. At the same time, your child can work on their musical ability and explore their creativity.
Working in a team, your child will have to deal with social situations and understand their team members. Knowing how to read body language and social cues can help them and is something that you can work on together by exploring the different emotions. Something that you can do through watching TV, pointing out the different emotions they feel and role play.
They will also need to relay their thoughts, feelings, listen carefully to understand where they can offer help and put ideas forward. To help your child with their communication skills, you can engage in more conversations with them and look for opportunities where they can do so with others such as play dates and family events.