Aug 15 2017| Leadership | Human Data
by Phil Eyre Founder
We have the privilege of working with teams from a wide variety of business and social sectors, including financial services, manufacturing, government and charity.
The Leaders team has observed a running theme in our work in recent weeks and that’s the need for our clients to be far more respectful of each other.
Sense of Safety
For a team to flourish, there needs to be a sense of safety, that the team is looking out for each other. Team members need to feel and know that others are not out to stab them in the back; quite the reverse, that there is a sense of safety and mutual support.
Too often, teams perceive strong threats from within, and often this is as a result of disrespectful behaviour. The environment becomes toxic, crushing creativity, openness, agility, cooperation and motivation, let alone happiness.
Most people - certainly the teams that we are working with - don’t want that. They want to work well together and orientate their resources towards taking advantage of opportunities and dealing with external threats, rather than create in-team distress.
A key to making this happen is to foster greater respect intentionally. This change begins with understanding what respect looks like to a particular team and then establishing an agreed set of behaviours that express those values.
Being able to say ‘that’s not how we do things around here’ when someone demonstrates disrespect is the beginning of changing the culture for the better.
Specific measures of respect vary from team to team. However, there are common themes. We have summarised the five key areas on which to focus to establish a more respectful team environment:
These are some of the actions that we recommend to create a more respectful working environment. What actions would you include?