Teammates should challenge each other, but be wary of creating a culture of negativity and unproductive criticism. Negativity for negativity’s sake is never needed, and criticism should always be framed for creating positive change. Rid your team of other toxicities: Complainers are drainers. This attitude is hard to change, so show them the door. Self-pity can be just as soul-sucking, so encourage self-efficacy and self-worth with quick wins. And lastly, gossip is a weed that will divide and devour your team. Debunk rumors before they can grow, while continuously building a culture of openness, honesty, and trust.
“If everyone is moving forward together, then success takes care of itself.”
- Henry Ford, Founder of the Ford Motor Company