I think that everyone has been told to be a team player, yet there is no clear definition of what a team player is. A team player can be associated to any type of profession a person participates in while working with a group of people trying to accomplishment the same goal. In the Webster's Student Dictionary, there is nothing about the phrase "team player" but, the closest to team player is the definition of teamwork, which is defined as "Unity of action, as by the players on a team". Some synonyms are collaboration, joint effort, and cooperation. A team player has a plethora of traits and a full understanding of the concepts necessary for careful analysis.
A good personality would have to included being friendly and diplomatic which are two biggest traits the player personality would need. Having a friendly personality is to key to keep the harmony with the other players.
Not having a good personality means that someone in the group may be afraid to approach you or others with a problem or an idea, and that is the most important part about working in a team is the sharing of ideas and notifying everyone when a problem does occur so that it can be fixed. The diplomatic skills would help end any disputes that other players might have with someone.
Motivation drives people to get work done. Some people in the team may not have the same motivational drive that others have. Personality is very important for getting along with others in your team; however, it does not accomplish the task entirely. On the other hand, motivation would be something that is done mostly by the team leader or captain, everyone still has a part to play to ensure that team stays on...