[Coaching] How to Give Feedback to a Difficult Team Member

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Difficult Team Member?

Have you ever had to manage a difficult team member?

It can be a challenge, especially when personalities clash and work styles don’t align. As women leaders, we tend to be conscientious of relationships and want everyone to enjoy their job. But, this can sometimes hold us back from having difficult conversations and giving honest feedback.

In this on-air coaching episode, Louise, a head of department in education, shares her struggles with managing a team member who lacks urgency and falls behind on tasks.

If getting on the same page with someone has been difficult for you, don’t go anywhere, this is episode is going to give you some things to think about.


If you are new to the Women Taking the Lead podcast…hello and welcome! I am Jodi Flynn and I am the CEO and Founder of Women Taking the Lead.

Women Taking the Lead is a leadership development company that works with individuals, organizations and boards to close the performance gap by attracting, developing and successfully promoting more women into senior levels of leadership. These benefits are realized through coaching, consulting, leadership development programs and keynotes.

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Priority Takeaways…

What were your takeaways from this on-air coaching call?

If you’ve been frustrated with a team member who is not meeting expectations, were you able to see a different approach you could take in an upcoming conversation with that person?

What would you do differently?

Head over to LinkedIn to share your thoughts and takeaways on the post corresponding to this episode. I would love to hear what stood out most for you.

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As always, I hope this was of value to you and here’s to your success!


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