Pushback is an inevitable part of our life in general and work in particular. There are different scenarios and types of pushback. Below is a simple powerful framework that you can apply in most situations to enable you to leverage pushback as a stimulation for candid and productive discussions.
- Talk about the WHY. If pushback is expected then before vocalizing your idea or point of view (or whatever the case might be), start with the WHY. First explain why what you say next is important to consider or why it should be brought up right now or implemented the way you suggest. Then move to the solution or the discussion of the subject. Make sure your argumentation is short and straight to the point.
- Ask about the WHY. Ask the people who are giving you pushback why they think otherwise.
- Give them room to speak and be heard. Make sure the communication is in a professional and constructive manner. It has to be a dialogue not a tug-of-war.
- Offer your point of view as an option and welcome other solutions for discussion. If you are putting forward a solution to the problem but all you hear is pushback with no feedback, welcome alternative ideas and discuss them as a team.
- Come prepared. Do your research and ensure what you are bringing up is accurate and indeed relevant given the status quo. If applicable, circulate your idea/solution within the team or other project stakeholders, to get a certain level of validation and backup.
- Use pushback as a tool to improve your solution and come back stronger.
- Never take it personally, no matter what.
Do you know your leadership style?
Why is it so important?
At some point in your career you may take on a leadership role. Whether it can be a meeting, a project, a team, you might consider identifying with or adopting some defined leadership style.
And of course, every leader is different and every company has its own unique needs, organizational culture.
Leadership style is the way a leader guides a team through different stages, implements plans, provides guidance, and overlooks work. Based on different personalities and methods, there are many different styles.
But there are 4 leadership styles commonly used in the workplace.
In this leadership style leaders provide more explicit instructions to the team in terms of who needs to do what and sometimes how. This style is handy during emergency situations or on high-uncertainty projects.
Facilitative leaders are capable of presenting the end goals and vision to the team members in a way that encourages and motivates them to stay committed and engaged on delivering on those goals.
Putting the interests of your team and team members first. Motivating the team through empowerments and breeding self-sufficient teams and leaders.
Also known as democratic, in this leadership style leaders get all the team members involved in decision-making, be it identifying project goals or developing strategies to achieve them. This also involves creating enthusiasm and increasing engagement among team members.
There are many leadership styles to choose from. You don’t have to land on a single style, it may and should change depending on the team and situation. Be weary and choose wisely! Do you have a favorite leadership style?