Understanding Team Anxiety
Anxiety is the result of our thought life. If a team or teammate is overly anxious, it is a good idea to understand what thoughts are causing the anxiety. Talk to them. Once we understand the thinking behind the anxiety and the fear it causes, we can begin to isolate the circumstance or information that caused the thoughts in the first place. It doesn’t do any good to label a teammate as “fearful” or “high maintenance” without taking the time to first understand the causes behind the anxiety. This is the responsibility of a true team: to never leave anyone behind. Labeling is lazy and leaves no room for the improvement of a team environment. Each teammate is worth the effort to be understood and helped.