Why don’t people speak up? Where’s the drive to win in these people? Why aren’t my people going after it like I am?
There’s an old saying, “if you look around the room and can’t find the dumbest person, then it must be you.” But is being the smartest person in the room the best thing for us as leaders?
This fear impairs a leader’s ability to inspire the troops, creates a lack of confidence among the ranks, and makes the leader look flat-out incompetent.
The amount of direction you give depends on what you are trying to accomplish. Putting a box around the discussion allows for many thoughts and ideas to be explored. It also prevents the team from hopping down a rabbit trail.
“Let’s step back and give everyone the context of this topic.” I find myself saying those words often in meetings. Or I have to stop the speaker to interject and get everyone in the room up to speed.