Is it you or is it them? (team issues)

Oct 9, 2018

I do a lot of work with people around their teams – and what I’ve come to see is that it’s a 50/50 split when something isn’t working.

50% of the time it’s a “wrong person was hired for the role” issue.

And the other 50% of the time it’s a leadership issue – not leading them effectively so that they can do their best work.

As a leader, it’s easy to default to assuming the first part is the problem – it’s them. Although this can be true, I recommend checking first if it might be a leadership issue.

Vs just saying “this person isn’t a fit” and looking to hire again, which can be costly in terms of time, energy and money!

To come from a place of curiosity and ask ourselves:

Is it possible to take a different approach to leadership that might bring out the best in this person? That might make it work?

Have I been the best leader that I can possibly be here?

The beauty of leadership is that it’s often the little things that can make a big difference. Slight tweaks in the way we engage with our team members can – at times – change everything.

I’m thinking about writing a series on what some of these little leadership tweaks are – if you are interested, comment and let me know k?



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