People in positions to lead hinder themselves and others by having too many "answers" and not enough questions. In fact, truly bad decisions are made by those who fail to question or probe what's really going on. This is a very common problem. Being overconfident, apathetic, or uninformed about leadership are generally the causes. While it may take some doing, maturing your leadership by shedding any remnants of an authoritarian style is well worthwhile. Let go of any need to be the authority figure and you will discover and benefit from the talent and opportunities that surround you every day.
- Are my people more autonomous—or more dependent on me—as time goes by?
- Is my priority as a leader to be more of an authority, or a learner?
- If asking, listening, and observing (versus talking and telling) could help me lead more effectively, what do I need to change in my own behavior?
Note: Over 100 of these tips appear in my new book: Beyond Effective: Practices in Self-aware Leadership. Click on the image of the book at the top of this blog for more information.
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