Here is a question I heard this weekend for all you Leaders, Managers & Supervisors out there:
Does your team see you as a Person or do they just see Power?
If they see you as a Person they are much more likely to trust, respect and succeed for you. If they only see Power they may reclude into an environment of fear, hiding, hesitancy and failure.
Jack Welch, CEO of General Electric once said the secret to his success was “When I get power, I give it away”
Jack, by his 40 year distinguished track record shows that he gets it.
A leader’s job is to lay down clear and challenging expectations of their people and equip them for success. Great leaders, once they’ve done that, let go. Yes they are there for advice, counsel and equipping but they won’t just take over the game from an employee when they struggle.
The power of consequences, not the power of position will help protect the interests of the company, department and team of getting things done and done right.
That’s great news because as a leader it takes the pressure off. Cheer them on, equip them with expectations and tools and give them the power to decide their future. That lets you present yourself as a person who cares about their success and wants to dialogue on how to continue to make it happen.
When employees own their future .. great things happen. Most Owners try not to let a business fail.
Have a great week!
“Your Man with the Plan” for Better Teams and Better Results.
David Benjatschek is a professional business speaker/trainer, motivating audiences across North America. His 15 year career in Oil & Gas primarily focused on the transportation sector. Also an accredited photographer, David is the driving force behind wowtrucks.com and the Wowtrucks® Calendar: Canada's Big Rig Calendar. All posts by David Benjatschek