Relationships, team dynamics and productivity become stagnant when some things go unsaid and tough conversations are avoided. Indeed, as a leader, ignoring difficult conversations makes you complicit in that stagnancy.
Tough conversations don’t need to be based in blame or reprimand, but rather in providing clarity for individual and collective responsibilities, highlighting the good, and finding points for possible growth and change. You will build trust and accountability by tackling the tougher stuff.
As time goes on, you will find it easier to have these types of conversations, but with the trust and respect that you build through effective conversations, you might also find that you don’t need to have as many tough conversations down the track.
Leaders who don’t shy away from difficult conversations and have them in a constructive way tend to be recognised for their courage and desire to seek the best outcomes for their teams.
If this is something that you are interested in, I can support you to communicate more effectively with your teams.