Build and maintain collaborative relationships to work effectively toward common goals, while appreciating diverse viewpoints and shared responsibilities.

Sample Behaviors

  • Listen carefully to others, taking time to understand and ask appropriate questions without interrupting.
  • Effectively manage conflict, interact with and respect diverse personalities, and meet ambiguity with resilience.
  • Be accountable for individual and team responsibilities and deliverables.
  • Employ personal strengths, knowledge, and talents to complement those of others.
  • Exercise the ability to compromise and be agile.
  • Collaborate with others to achieve common goals.
  • Build strong, positive working relationships with supervisor and team members/coworkers.

Skills Examples

  • Delegation
  • Leadership
  • Following
  • Coaching
  • Motivation/empowerment
  • Persuading
  • Negotiating
  • Conflict resolution
  • Understanding group dynamics
  • Accountability
  • Cooperation
  • Brainstorming
  • Debating
  • Providing constructive feedback
  • Meeting facilitation
  • Creating an agenda
  • Consensus building

Action-words that describe this skill

  • Collaborate
  • Integrate
  • Develop
  • Communicate
  • Adapt
  • Advise
  • Moderate
  • Support
  • Volunteer


  • Undergraduate Research
  • Capstone projects
  • Athletic teams
  • Participating in student organizations
  • Community service events
  • Being a part of a musical ensemble, a theatre production, an academic team such as Model U.N, Debate Team