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Balancing Team Participation is a Skill

Effective leadership is the backbone of balanced team participation in collaborative environments. As a leader, being vigilant about team dynamics, balancing participation, and making intentional eye contact can make a significant difference in fostering a collaborative work environment.

Balancing contributions becomes crucial, especially in cross-functional or cross-cultural teams. Some team members may be more vocal, while others may need encouragement to express their thoughts. Using eye contact purposefully to transition between team members ensures that everyone has the opportunity to contribute.

There are times when non verbal cues may not work. Instead use verbal cues like summarising or paraphrasing what the speaker is saying, signally closure to that particular discussion. It works as a transition to the next topic or one could open up the discussion to others with a question.

Another communication tool when you want to respectfully curtail one individuals participation, is the skill of acknowledgement. Instead o further fueling their point of view by responding, acknowledge them with a neutral response like "thanks for bringing that up" and now direct your attention to someone else in the team with a question like "What do you think?"

Leadership in collaborative teams goes beyond directing discussions. It involves actively engaging with team members, demonstrating active listening, and creating an atmosphere where every voice is valued. By leading with impact, leaders can set the tone for a collaborative and productive work environment.


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