Common Challenge for New Managers — Lone Wolf on Your Team
One of the challenges for new managers and one that is often not practically covered in leadership development programs is how to deal with a lone wolf on your team — an employee who contributes only marginally to the team goals and accountabilities.
The Definition of a Lone Wolf
Lone wolves are not team players. They focus on their own work, neglect team responsibilities, do not collaborate well with colleagues, rarely contribute to help others at team meetings, and do not join the effort when the team is under a deadline and needs extra help.
The Problem with Lone Wolves
Whatever negative behavior a non-team player is guilty of, you can’t let it continue if being a team player is an essential part of your culture and strategy for success. Why? Because it’s catching.
How to Handle a Lone Wolf on Your Team – Step by Step
New manager training teaches new people supervisors that their success is measured by the effectiveness and performance of their team. One bad player in the bunch can undermine the morale of the rest of the team and decrease their overall productivity. If you have a lone wolf on your team, take these steps.
The purpose of this discussion is to make sure the employee is crystal clear on their goals, role, how they are expected to contribute, and the path the team is taking.
The Bottom Line
New managers of avoid dealing with high individual performers who are not team players. But beware — you do so at your peril. Take the steps now to address the situation. You, your employee, and your team will be all the better for it.
To learn more about how to build a high performance team as a new manager, download 3 Must-Have Ingredients of High Performing Teams for New Managers
Get key strategy, culture, and talent tools from industry experts that work
Assess how you stack up against leading organizations in areas matter most
Download published articles from experts to stay ahead of the competition
Review proven research-backed approaches to get aligned
Stay up to do date on the latest best practices that drive higher performance
Explore real world results for clients like you striving to create higher performance