A passive-aggressive team member, like any other employee, can be managed. You have to employ a team development strategy to maximize the best traits of this personality type and minimize their less desirable traits.
A faster way to take the pulse of your work team, and a critical leadership development skill, is to get up and walk around the work area. You’ve probably heard of the acronym used to describe this activity: MBWA, or Management By Walking Around. A few wags refer to it sarcastically as “Management By Wandering Aimlessly.” Yet as J.R.R. Tolkien writes in “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy of books, “Not all those who wander are lost.” MBWA is walking around with a purpose.
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We all operate, within three distinct zones: The Comfort zone, the Growth zone, and the Panic zone. Understanding and identifying which zone your team is in may be a critical team development skill.
Change can be very stressful for a team. It creates what I call the FUD Factor: Fear, Uncertainty and Doubt. Leading your team through these stressful times, with as little upset as possible, is a critical teamwork skill.
A critical leadership development skill is understanding your leadership style. Are you General Patton, or Ghandi? Or somewhere in between?
In my article, "Finding Your Team’s True North," I walked through a leadership development exercise designed to help a team find and recognize its “True North” – the unchanging star that is a team’s Mission, Vision and Values.
In business, True North means Mission, Vision and Values. It’s the point on the map that your team is moving toward, with you at the helm. You determine the principles they’ll follow and understanding your team's True North is a key leadership development skill.
One critical teamwork skill that all team members must learn focuses on not becoming so focused on a single task that they lose awareness and comprehension of what is going on around them.
I write quite a bit about effective teamwork in the workplace, because it gives team members and leaders a view of how great a team can be. Of course, real life tends to throw obstacles at our best-laid plans. And sure as the sun will rise, we’ll experience conflict of one kind or another—whether between team members, a team leader or a customer. Dealing with this conflict is one of the most important teamwork skills we can develop.