Leadership Tip: Solicit Team Members’ Opinions

FOSTER PRODUCTIVE CONFLICT

Solicit team members’ opinions during meetings.

Today’s Tip:

Improve the effectiveness of meetings—the most important setting where conflict must occur. When scheduling meetings, set aside enough time for critical discussion, making it easier for team members to engage in constructive conflict and resolve issues. Schedule additional time as quickly as possible to follow up on a discussion if issues remain unresolved.

Food for Thought:

When teams are performing at their best, their meetings are lively and interesting—and NOT boring! Team members engage in productive, ideological debate around issues, tapping into all perspectives and opinions (even the unpopular ones) of the group.

 

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IMPACT! Leadership Tips are adapted from The Leadership Challenge® and The Five Behaviors of a Cohesive Team™. The Leadership Challenge®. © James M. Kouzes and Barry Z. Posner, published by John Wiley & Sons. All rights reserved. The Five Behaviors of a Cohesive Team® 2014 Patrick Lencioni and John Wiley & Sons, Inc. All rights reserved.

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