The Challenge: Divisional Team Leader – Marketing, FMCG Manufacturer
The Living Leader says…
When individual top performers begin to support their colleagues to make contributions, the whole team will take on a new dynamic and overall performance will improve.
The scenario described above reminds me of so many team sporting situations that we’ve heard about over the past few months – difficult players who take up all the attention and sap the energy of the team and the manager, but who have the ability to turn performance around.
Firstly, what is your ideal outcome here?
I would suggest that this is not a challenge to be dealt with during the meetings, but on a wider basis. How much time are you currently investing in supporting the development of other members of the team? How much of your attention are they receiving? If you can find some one-to-one time with each of them to talk through the kinds of challenges and opportunities you are facing as a team, encourage them to share their thinking with you when there are no other interruptions, then, when you get to the meetings, you can actively invite each of them to share their thinking by saying something like, “when you and I talked about this the other day, you had some excellent thoughts which I would like you to share with the rest of the team".
This means that they know exactly what they want to say, you have already voiced your support and it is likely therefore that they will present themselves confidently and assertively, making it difficult for them to be interrupted.
One of our clients had a similar situation. Having attended our leadership development programme they decided to implement the options above. The feedback we received was that they actually discovered the individual concerned was really ambitious and therefore keen to be recognised, but had been unaware of the negative impact they were having.
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