As the owner of the business, or manager of the department, it is your job to create the environment where those that want to thrive can. Doesn’t sound that complicated and yet it is rarely achieved. Based on the book Triggers, one of the causes may be the application of how you lead.
There are four different ways to lead:
- Directing—the most traditional way in which we simply tell people what we want them to do. This is the “my way or the highway” approach.
- Coaching—using a dialogue to help them move from where they are to where you want them to go. It uses questions and puts the problem solving onus on the individual.
- Supporting— the individual has the skills but lacks the confidence to run with the idea on their own. This is where you build them up and help expand their comfort zone.
- Delegating—the individual has both the skills and motivation to run with it. Often times you need to simply set the direction and get out of the way.
So, what is the big deal? I believe that the answer is in the fact that we can not lead based on the individual only. We must lead by the situation as well.
In other words, we have to read the situation and modify our behavior based upon the situation our team member is in. That puts the onus is on us.
You wouldn’t take a confident soccer player and drop them on a football field without instruction.
And, it is a mistake to take a top performer in one area and drop them in another, assuming they will take the bull by the horns.
As leaders, we need to read the situation and lead based upon the environment.
Where do you need to sharpen your saw on leadership and the ability to change approaches based on the situation? If you need help, reach out to your local ActionCOACH business coach. Or simply click here, complete the details and we will be in touch.
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