It’s no surprise that leaders come to HAVEN looking for answers to the riddle of great leadership. Many tell us that the methods they employed before no longer work. Some are frustrated by the conflicting feedback they receive from others about their behavior. And a few, who are at the end of their rope, will plead with us to “just tell me what to do, and I’ll do it.”
We get it. Leadership is tough. And great leadership is highly dependent on the needs, styles, and preferences of those you lead.
To excel, you need direction from the people you lead. Over the years, we’ve seen that asking one question has trumped many other means to becoming an even better leader of your teams.
“What role do you want me to play here?”
Asked in front of meetings, the question gives your team the opportunity to direct you and the power to modulate what they need from you. At times, they may want you to challenge their thinking; other times they may want to you help them with creative problem-solving or to offer them information to which they wouldn’t have access. Whatever it is, you can’t know how to help them unless they tell you.
Sure, many admit that their teams were skeptical when they initially posed the question, but over time, they have found that this practice has resulted in dramatically improved engagement and results from their teams.
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We hope this helps!
As always, reach out if we can be helpful to you as you continue on the path of igniting exceptional performance at your company.
The HAVEN Team