That’s not leading. It’s a cop out

That’s not leading. It’s a cop out

Leadership | Judette Coward-Puglisi

February 24, 2010

Is this the way it should be done?

Can you help me? I can’t do it like you?

Take a look at this? Can you re-do this for me?

If you’re a leader when do these questions ever get to be too much?

Sometimes the questions don’t always come with the words. Sometimes they come in work not done right. Repeated mistakes. The missed deadlines. And so as a leader, you want to do it all but you can’t, else you render the team irrelevant and you become depleted.

Seth Goodin made a good point last week. He said that people are just begging to be told what to do and atributes the reason to this: “If you tell them what to do, the responsibility for the outcome is yours, not theirs. They are safe.”

But that’s not leading, it’s a cop out.

When asked, guide, provide direction, toss in a new ways of thinking but never the full answers, every and all the time. And please, don’t take over the workload.

For you, it will be the only way to carve out the time to lead. For them, it’s the only way to build critical thinking skills.