He sat down and asked, "What can I do to help?"
The educator responded by telling a story of a missing resource.
Rather than disregard or condemn the educator's words, the team player listened attentively. "I can see why that resource is such a valuable tool for you. Let's think about how we might obtain it."
He sought the advice of others on his team and identified a funding source. Later he worked with an implementer that was able to put the resource together.
In short time, the educator had what she needed.
"I can't thank you enough," she said.
He replied, "My job is to serve you and your job is to serve the children. With this cycle of support we create an environment where our students thrive."
His commitment to his employee and the students she teaches every day was evident in real time. She didn't have to beg or cajole or seek outside sources, but instead right there in her midst was a supporter--someone who helped her do her job and that made a tremendous difference with regard to what she could do for her students.
Team players seek ways to support. They don't obstruct or challenge progress, but instead serve change and development. They trust in those that are on their team and work with them to do the best possible job.
The story begs the question, How are you a team player? How do you support those around you so that they can do their best possible work? Are there times when you obstruct what's possible and how can you change that?
I do believe we do better together and that good work depends on inclusive, transparent, open minded, and collaborative effort--the kind of work that makes a positive difference.