Why a Team of A-Players is an Essential Ingredient in a Startup

Did you know that family dynamics are applicable in the work environment too? Yes. Just like how the well-being of the family depends on each member, the well-being of your company depends on the performance of each of your team members.



A company is not a one-man show. It takes a team of dedicated, hardworking, and efficient individuals to make it work. The saying goes that “two heads are better than one” and this could not be more true when it comes to teamwork. A team of A-players can achieve great heights and take your startup to new levels.


But what makes an A-player? An A-player is someone who is competent, committed, and has a high level of energy. They are the people you want on your team as they will help you reach your goals efficiently and effectively. Their value cannot be underestimated as their contribution will be instrumental in the success of your company.


So why is it especially important for a startup to have a great team of employees?


It is common knowledge that less than half of the startups launched around the world make it to their fifth year. Hence, it is important to be extremely selective when it comes to choosing the people who would form the core team. A great team can help you save time and money by getting the job done quickly and efficiently, which can then be invested in areas where they are much needed. Lastly, a great team can help you increase your market share and grow your business. While a productive team member inspires and energizes everything around them, an unproductive one can lower the performance of the team as a whole.


The hiring of A-players must not be limited to technical positions either. From front desk operators to clerical staff, an entire team of efficient and skilled people, regardless of their position in the company, can push your company to the front of the race.


Here are 5 characteristics of an A-player you can look for when hiring for your team:


1. Eager to learn


Nobody’s too old to learn something new and realizing this is an integral part of being an A-player. Such a person welcomes knowledge, even if it is coming from a junior employee.


2. Welcomes ideas


Working as a team means there might be a clash of opinions and ideas. A great team player would stand up for their own opinion all the while actively listening, commenting on, and supporting the ideas of other members.


3. Commits to the team


Unlike others who only focus on their own work, an A-player looks out for the entire team. This includes helping other members of the team and putting forth ideas that benefit everyone.


4. Flexible


An A-player is highly flexible when it comes to work. They are ready to take on different kinds of projects and are always willing to go that extra mile to get the desired results.


5. Takes accountability


Instead of running away from work and responsibilities, an A-player would take accountability for their mistakes, understand how their actions affect the team, and strive to find solutions.

Bringing together a team of A-players is not an easy feat. But now that you know what you want, are you ready to go team hunting?


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