Are You Leading Too Much?

Leading

Think for YourselfWatch for these signs that you and your organization aren’t letting workers think for themselves …

As a leader, your job is to guide employees, not dominate them. Watch for these signs that you and your organization aren’t letting workers think for themselves:

• Decisions come only from the top. Don’t make employees wait for you or other top execs to tell them what to do. Empower them to act on their own, and trust their judgment.

• Every meeting includes a manager. You and your fellow managers don’t have to attend every single meeting. Permit employees to meet on their own to solve problems and make plans.

• Employees imitate the manager. Your own style may work for you, but employees shouldn’t automatically copy your every attitude and behavior. A team is healthier when employees feel free to express themselves honestly.

—Adapted from the Business Management Daily Website