My definition of Drama is: "An escalation of emotional reactions to a person, situation or event that negatively impacts judgement and results in behaviours that disempower individuals and relationships."
Based on this definition, there are so many ways that Drama shows up in the workplace and we've all participated. We are reactionary beings and our ancestors survived that way. But we have outgrown the need to be defensive 24/7. We are smart enough to know that building connections is far more essential to our personal and professional success.
As a leader, you have likely worked your way up the ranks from a teenage summer job to a top position in your current company or a few along the way. And you've probably seen a lot of Drama with the waste of time and resources that come with it. Here are some examples of how people perpetuate drama:
interfere with processes
bully or criticize (Openly/Secretly)
make unreasonable demands
lower expectations of self/others
over share personal details
make negative assumptions
demonstrate lack of trust
avoid answering requests
don't model company values
make arbitrary decisions without consultation
over consult when direction is needed
don't follow through on commitments
take things personally
assume ill intent of others
exclude some colleagues
withdraw (silent treatment)
excessive requests for help
take sides without open discussion
cross personal boundaries
don't ask for help
don't take responsibility
argue with others
Does any of this sound familiar? Can you feel the implications of these behaviours?
These reactions are absolutely manageable and there is a wealth of people in your organization who are capable of making the shift from Drama to Empowerment.
Let's have a conversation and see what's possible. Email email@example.com.