"I'm a team player. No one is an island, so you have to work with others to achieve goals. There's a good spirit in joining together -- and you get ideas. Even now, in retirement, I belong to different organizations."
Spanish Teacher, Parkway School District
"I have to be a maverick to survive in my family, but I can be both for an interview. When I was interviewing for Northwest Airlines, my friend told me, 'You have to tell them that you can be a chief and an Indian,' that I can take charge and also follow orders. I didn't pass the physical, so I became a teacher, a chief. It's easy when they're smaller than you."
"Oh, maverick, definitely. I grew up with the attitude that I can outperform any individual, that I was better than anybody my size. Carry that over to the commercial marketplace, and the world is your oyster ... on the other hand, the life we lead is really not our own, and we're destined to work in a society that our parents have created. Corporate America rules everything we do, from politics to social freedom."
Clerk-Typist, Building Inspection, St. Louis City Hall
"I'm sure there are a lot of mavericks out there who have their own little thing going, but I think being a team player is much nicer. Team players have more fun with what they're doing, and they have help."
Sixth-Grader, Ladue Middle School
"I don't like doing things other people want me to do. I like to do things my own way -- like, you know how baseball players get signals? Well, if the coach tells me to hit up the middle and I see that the first-baseman is really far left, I might hit it down the first-base line. Or if the coach tells me to steal and I see that the catcher is in throwing position to third base, I might not do it. That would be my maverick side."
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