“What if people don’t want to be there?”

Asked by a Site Leader at a recent leadership retreat, so many of us can identify with the challenge of working with a group (of students, staff, volunteers) when at least one person is dragging their feet to participate. While it’s easy to dismiss reluctance or disengagement as ‘that person’s poor attitude’ - and want to react negatively - we can usually trace it back to two issues:

Purpose: They don’t think that they are needed.

Connection: They don’t see themselves as part of the group, or close to other team members.

In these cases, it’s up to the facilitators to clarify the group’s expectations to encourage full participation and build a stronger team dynamic. When it comes to engaging the full team, the responsibility never falls on participants, but on the facilitators.