The Answer is Who

Immature leaders nurse on the bottle of disappointment. Yes, people have weaknesses and shortcomings. But you don’t bring out their best by sucking on the bottle of frustration.

The people on your team aren’t the enemy.

People deliver results, not programs, systems, charts, or processes. Solutions are in people.

Nurture openness:

Distracted leaders are overconcerned about what to do.

The answer to what is who.

Openness expands your perspective. Seek input from others. Describe a goal. Ask:

  1. What issues should we be concerned about?
  2. What steps would you take to reach this goal?
  3. What do we need to be sure to do? Not do?

Show respect:

If you enjoy the least bit of respect, use it to let others know they matter.

Show respect by greeting people as if they are more important than work.

  1. Stand up.
  2. Smile.
  3. Shake hands.
  4. Pat them on the back.
  5. Say, “I’m glad to see you.”
  6. Give a compliment.
  7. Inquire about one of their projects. (You might inquire about family, hobby, or interests.)

Showing respect is cost free. All it requires is humility.

Include others in your growth:

Declare a growth intention and seek input from trusted colleagues or employees.

  1. I’m working to better connect with people. What suggestions do you have?
  2. I’m striving to treat people with respect. If you were me, what would you do?
  3. I want to be an inspirational leader. What might I do to inspire people?

The suggestions others make may feel like square pegs in round holes. Try them anyway, as long as they won’t cause harm.

What causes leaders to forget that leadership is about people?

How might leaders reinforce the value of people?