Leadership Communication Skills to Overcome Difficult Team Dynamics

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Last year was a warrior year. We fought for our health, our job, our government, and our teams. We fought to be heard. And, in that process, we learned incredible things. Things that may have taken 10 years to do, we can do more easily this year. We now have the tools where we can accelerate at a rate we never have before. Combine these tools with your exceptional leadership communication skills to become the person you aspire to be.

You’ve embraced this mindset about future possibilities and it seems as though nothing can stand in your way except one thing...the team you work with. They are difficult. They shoot down your ideas. They leave you out of important discussions. They are arrogant and in it for themselves. Working with them seems impossible. How can you make the most of these team dynamics to make 2021 a breakthrough year in all aspects of your career?

In over 20 years of leading communication skills training programs, we have found these four strategies to be most impactful in changing team dynamics.

1. Begin with what is possible. Picture better versions of you and your team.

First, start with your vision. For you and for your team. What kind of team environment do you aspire to create? We often hear comradery, loyalty, excitement, support, teamwork, having each other’s back, and true collaboration. Who do you want to be? Say those attributes out loud to yourself using your best speaking skills. You may say to yourself:

I have freedom.

Leaders are excited about this.

I am providing valuable recommendations.

I am heard and they build on my ideas.

You will be amazed at how fast these become beliefs when you consistently repeat them. Don’t just think about them. Start being that person now and you will change your team. If you wait, change will happen to you. If you continue to have negative thoughts and they are impeding your ability to move forward, you must have a change in thought.

Instead of, “They are forcing me to make the wrong decisions”, say “They are working with me to make the right decisions”

Instead of “They shoot down my ideas” say “They are building on my ideas.”

Another way to make progress is to focus on what you want to accomplish. What can you do to add value to your team and how can they help you? Create a mutually rewarding experience to help accomplish common goals. When we lead our communication skills training programs, we ask our clients these four questions:

What do you want to learn?

What do you want to teach?

What do you want to build?

What do you want to experience?

When you answer these questions, you will create a robust plan to keep the team engaged and growing together.

2. Make circumstances or team members neutral