Leadership Lesson – Do you set people up to win?

Ever been in a situation where you asked someone to do something to find it didn’t get done the way you wanted it done or not done at all?  In a go, go, go world too often I find myself disappointed with the outcomes that I get.  But who is at fault?  One of my all time favorite quotes is “When you point 1 finger at someone else, there are 3 fingers pointing back at you.”

The Truth is we can only control our side of things–so here a few things to consider:

Know their strengths and then push them to use it – If you have a creative person that is not good at details, encourage them to be creative and find a different solution for the details. Let them have some room for creativity.  There are many ways to get from point A to point B.  Yes, most would say the shortest way is a straight line…but how easy is it to be perfect.

Acknowledge the wins…Dale Carnegie said “pay a sincere compliment”.  Even the small stuff deserves acknowledgment.

Make it their idea – if they believe they contributed in defining what they are doing, they are more likely to care!

Set clear expectations – In a texting society, it is great to get your message across in 140 characters or less, though do we really get our desired outcome across.

At the end of the day, as leaders it is our responsiblity to set people up to WIN and bring out their best.  Their best maybe very different from your best!


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