Anyone can cause a shift in team culture by focusing on being a better teammate themselves. This is not dependent upon the leader but the movement can affect the leader to be a better teammate as others lead up. Becoming an A-player will raise the bar and challenge the rest of the team to do the same.
When we become a better teammate, we will eventually attract who we are. When we improve, we will likely attract like-minded people to join the team. That can help create a team culture and ethos that improves as the overall team improves. We will still attract who we are if we don’t improve, but that won’t help
We have complete control over ourselves. We have a limited influence over our teammates. When we realize this, we can focus on self-reflection rather than the blame of others. The self-reflection of a teammate gives a better return on investment of time, energy, and brain space than blaming and finding fault of others.
The best way to improve a team is to be a better teammate. Focusing on being a great teammate is the most effective way to improve a team for a few reasons: 1) We can only completely control ourselves. 2) We attract who we are. 3) We don’t have to be a leader to change the culture