As it turns out, the adage “one bad apple can spoil the whole bunch” is true, especially when it comes to teams. Because we overweigh negative information and are open to counterarguments, negativity in the workplace can quickly become contagious. It only takes one loud voice away from the table to raise the doubts and suspicions of otherwise satisfied colleagues. Over time, the incessant complaints of one or more team members can undermine team morale and cast a shadow on the leader’s credibility.
Wow, big topic. But so important for a well functioning team.
Feedback or criticism should be welcomed, definitely but there is a requirement for the feedback to be given with the best intentions at heart - team improvement. So there is a responsibility on the feedback giver.
Sometimes, feedback can be given honestly and the damage it does is not appreciated by the giver. That’s a problem but can be solved by discussion.
The final type that is more tricky which is feedback, given with the best intention for the team, that also is intended to undermine and ultimately try to remove the leader. Dangerous and delusional maybe.