Where Does Peer Pressure Come From?

How To Lead A Team

This is a site dedicated to sharing success stories and strategies that our clients have developed after investing in their own leadership training and development. Our specialist programmes give you time to gain clarity, focus and understanding whilst developing vital leadership skills such as:

  • non judgemental listening
  • non assumptive questioning
  • Focused feedback

Learning how to unravel the assumptions and misconceptions that hold your communications back can improve your leadership.

Where does peer pressure come from?

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When you are leading a team it is vital that they can learn and grow together.

It is vital that they can speak up and be heard and understood.

Do you find it possible to be yourself in the team? or Do you find yourself biting your tongue constantly checking yourself before you speak?

Is this the same or different to peer pressure?

What is peer pressure?

During a recent Listen, Lunch and Learn session I was interested to hear a member of the group say that if someone had asked them for their opinion and they believed that their ‘honest’ opinion would upset the other person then they would not tell them the truth.

Someone else said “I have always been a straight talker, I say it as it is and yet when I am asked for my opinion people don’t often want it. So I have learned to ‘curb’ what I say. I have noticed that I have pockets of people and each of them I am only telling part of the story to. I don’t have anyone that I can say everything too”

Where does peer pressure like this come from?

I believe that the origin is unique for everyone and how we react to the opinion and feedback of others can determine whether they ‘attempt’ to tell us what they think again in the future.

Can you give your team feedback?

Can your team give you feedback?

Developing a teams ability to give and receive feedback without the emotional drama that often follows is vital for any team to grow and develop.

Without open and honest communications how can you lead a team at your best?

Today’s personal development task:

Can I invite you to be curious about:

How do you need to be for other people to give you honest feedback?

What kind of feedback works for you? 

What happens just before you give honest feedback that works? 

Motivate Manage or Mentor part 1 of our leadership training retreat looks at your own emotional reactions to feedback and practical tools to set others up for more effective feedback. For more information drop me an email.

Thanks for listening..

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About the Author

How to lead a team

Sheryl Andrews, Founder of Step by Step Listening and designer of the The Power Group Model is a mum of a blended family of 5 children and is well known for her fast speaking and highly motivational passion to help others achieve. She is also no stranger to challenging conversations, lapses in self belief and an overwhelming sense of not being enough. On the outside to everyone else you might have thought all was okay but how she was feeling inside was often a different story. Sheryl found it difficult to speak up and have her needs met as well as that of her clients, her team and her family. Learning how to improve her listening skills and how to create peer support without peer pressure was vital to improving her performance and happiness. Today Sheryl shares with you her own 10 step strategy that empowers her to work, learn and live at her best more of the time. Sheryl has a big open heart and will do everything she can to create a learning environment that is safe for you to develop the resources you need to be the best version of you that you can be. You will feel heard, understood and valued. Sheryl will believe in you even when you don’t and will encourage you to notice and celebrate what makes you unique and of value.

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