Why are some team members disruptive? As a leader, it’s important to get to the “why” behind a disruptive team members actions to gain a better understanding of their perspective: do they not feel heard? Do they have a concern that nobody has brought up? You chose this person to join your team for a reason, so there could be a valuable contribution or concern behind the disruption.
Recognizing Problem Behaviors
When forming a group or task force, most leaders don’t prepare for how they’ll respond to disruptive team members. Unless the behavior is appropriately addressed, these team members can potentially derail a meeting and upset other team members.
Leaders can reference the list below from our latest online course, Managing Task Forces, Committees, and Work Groups, that identifies the most common types of disruptive team members. This way, leaders can prepare solutions and ways to address these behaviors before they arise.