Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Building Your Team: Shared Leadership Gets More Done

Who is in charge of your team?

Of every little detail?

The best way to build your team members is to put each one in charge of something. Give them as much as they can handle (and then a little more.) Trust them. Build them. Develop them. Challenge them.

An early mistake I made as a supervisor was to try to be the answer man. People would line up to my cubicle to get answers to my questions. And most of the time I had great answers. But you know what? Their own answers, I learned, were far better. Better because they had a rich amount of experience to draw from. Better because they could then own the solution. And better because it freed me up to do other things. To be more strategic and to spend more time with team members on their development, not their supervision.

The better you supervise, the less you'll need to supervise. 

And the more leadership that you share, the less your team will rely on you for answers.

Take charge AND allow your team members to lead. Shared leadership gets more done.

-- Doug Smith

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