What leaders can do about workplace factionalism

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What happens when two teams in the same company can’t – or won’t – work together? Workplace factionalism can result from a number of things, including:

Limited resourcesCompeting needsCompetitive mindsetsPoor communicationSilos of information and responsibilitiesPerceived favoritism from higher upsEgo-centric beliefs and behaviorsLack of alignment between leaders

All of these situations and behaviors can create problems, which can be exacerbated further when leadership styles clash between leaders of different teams.

Over time – and often due to a well-meaning sense of loyalty to their own supervisors, bosses and managers, subordinate team members can adopt entrenched, oppositional attitudes and behaviors.


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