When you become a cabin crew, you do not just work as an individual, you work as a team, a team of other cabin crew members and your flight deck crew. Hence, if you dream of being a flight attendant, you have to be a team player. Erik Portus, a Philippine Airlines cabin crew trainor says "team work is very important. Without it, everything is affected. Service delivery will be all over the place."
When airlines recruit cabin crew members, they look for those candidates who are also team players. This is the reason why during recruitement days, some airlines conduct group activities because they try to assess how you work in a team and how you interact with your colleagues. This is an essential partduring the recruitment process.
One of the most important part in a flight where complete teamwork is needed are during meal service. Erik Portus goes on that "if team work is absent, then everyone will do things on their own witthout synergy. If this happens service delivery is compromised and passengers are short changed." Meal service is a very coordinated part of the inflight services in order to effectively and efficiently serve every passenger at the quickest possible time without having to compromise the quality and level of service.
Just like a basketball game where the coach will discuss the team dynamics, strategies, and assign the positions of the players, there is a pre-flight briefing where the purser or lead cabin crew will discuss details of the flight, how many passengers, designations, duties, and how inflight services will be carried out efficiently and effectively.
Notice also that during meal services, cabin crew members are very well coordinated in serving passengers. They can do it fast and efficient, without sacrificing their level of quality.
Even during emergency situations, every cabin crew member will be assigned specific duties. Like one will deploy and assist passengers in the slides, one will go around the cabin to check, while the others will block the exit doors that poses imminent danger.
During training and recurrent sessions, there is a specific module that helps in fostering better team work. About that module, Erik Portus says "this teaches the importance of every unit in operations from ground crew, cabin crew and flight deck crew; that inefficiency of one unit affect operations as a whole."
So before applying to be a cabin crew, have you asked yourself if you are also a team player?