With you, the team leader. Your job is to build the foundations of a healthy team climate by consistently role modeling and reinforcing positive behaviors. Simple–but not easy.
Whether you’re standing up a new team or resetting your current team, it is worth your time to ensure you have all the ingredients to provide an environment where people on your team feel safe enough to ask questions, engage in healthy conflict, and put forth new ideas. This is not about coddling your team with warm fuzzies. When your team members can engage in task-oriented conflict without excessive personalizing, defensiveness, hole-poking or stonewalling–this is the competitive advantage that will fuel your team’s creativity and propel your organization to success.