A Sign You’re On a Healthy Team

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I’ve often said that good leaders never assume silence means that everyone is in agreement.

I still believe that. Leaders and situations can be intimidating. Some team members simply choose not to participate.

There is one caveat to this principle, however.

When a team is healthy, the leader is approachable, and team members are encouraged to participate in discussion:

Silence can be interpreted as agreement.

That’s because:

  • The freedom to challenge is present
  • The fear of retribution is absent
  • The power of unity is prominent
  • The spirit of cooperation is elevated
  • The synergy of differences is celebrated

When you are on a healthy team, people feel freedom to speak up when needed, so if they don’t, you can often safely assume they are in agreement.

I’ll be candid, as i write this, I’m six months into leading a new team. I’m not sure we are there yet, but in the months to come, I’ll be looking to measure progress in this way.

Ask yourself this question: What does silence on the team indicate?

In that answer, if you’re honest, you may find the answer.

Are you serving on a healthy team?

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13 thoughts on “A Sign You’re On a Healthy Team

  1. Even if you didn't watch the Golden Globes, you might have caught the highlights and low points from Twitter's armchair critics. Amid the chatter about dresses, 'dos and the long path to the stage, some viewers used Twitter to call out examples of sexism and the lack of diversity surrounding the awards.

  2. I've been on a lot of teams in business and in the past couple years in a church setting. I've seen a combination of outcomes as a result of silence. Yes, there are many who remain silent who are in agreement with the movement of the tasks toward goals but I've also seen silence from the fear of 'saying the wrong thing' in a public setting. I believe in listening well to follow the flow of the topics from everyone, tempered with a well thought out spoken idea of my own to contribute, no matter how it's received, as long as I also offer the gentle spirit of openness to clarify my ideas if someone heard it wrong. If silence remains, I can only assume it was not misunderstood and can move on. I'm a self-assessor and probably my own worst critic, making corrections for my next meetings and hopefully always bringing a sense of openness to receive the same from others. Silence can be golden but it can also make the facilitator feel they're a one-man team…

  3. Honestly, no. The current team I'm working for has communication issues. There's a big move happening and we're struggling to properly communicate to everyone and during meetings most people are staying silent.

    It's been a real struggle and I don't know what's going to happen. In the end, I'm sure we'll make the move happen but in the in-between time relationships are being stressed and people are getting frustrated.

  4. I thought you were going to say donuts.

    You’re right in your post.

    Respect is a hard thing to garner in leadership from their team. Most people make the rookie mistake of controling or being a nice guy.

  5. Silence indicates a “reverent” life style, and is usually an indication of a person in a vital-vertical relationship with God. Silence is a heart connection with God that silently submits to the course of His wisdom, instead of the path of a babbling fool. I respect silence, because it honors God and allows His Kingdom perspective to come forth. It is easy to spill out a human viewpoint, the broad way; the narrow path gives way to silent patches and then breaks forth in streams of God wisdom. An impulsive nature that reacts is very rarely silent. My 1st response everyday comes from my first step out, which is always down, bowed down before God in Awe-Respect-Reverence-Honor. Silence is my 1st response to every day, I silently submit to God and it is in that first moment of my day, my impulsive nature is trumped by GOD! And let me tell you… that is a good thing, because sorry to say, my human condition is ragged with an impulsive nature and I need to put on Christ’s nature 1st thing every day! Silently Submit! Oh and it is so catchy throughout my day… silently submit. Wait on God! No reactions – all response! All IN! Psalm 62:5 My soul, wait only upon God and silently submit to Him; for my hope and expectation are from Him.
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