Meeting Deadlines Ranks as Top Team Player Characteristic

October 15, 2007 ( - Forty percent of executives polled said meeting deadlines is the most important characteristic of a team player, up slightly from 37% in a similar poll conducted a decade ago.

According to the poll by staffing service Accountemps, not getting tangled up in politics is the second most important characteristic of being a team player (25%) behind meeting deadlines.

Twenty percent of executives said it was important that a team players was pleasant to work with, followed by 13% who said it was important that a team player support his or her manager.

The national poll included responses from 150 senior executives — including those from human resources, finance and marketing departments — with the nation’s 1,000 largest companies.