I aggravate the teams I lead and the leaders I follow. You do too, even when you’re trying to help.
Most aggravating leadership starts with good intentions.
9 Good Intentions that Aggravate Your Team
Beware of these easy traps.*
1. Just trying to help
Before you know it, your well-intentioned advice is over-bearing. Hanging around with your sleeves rolled up is ticking them off. Those “how’s it going” stop-ins, feel like “helicoptering.” They need space to try, grow and fail. Let them.
2. Building Consensus
You want to build consensus. But that takes time, and people want to move. Resist the urge to over-stakeholder. Stop worrying about everyone’s feelings. Find the balance between consensus and action.
3. Looking for the best solution
You want to get it right and there are so many ways to approach the problem. You keep searching, and encourage your team to find the best solution. At some point, enough is enough. Make a plan and move on.
4. Asking for Input
You ask for input, but you have strong opinions. When you ask, but don’t listen… you really tick them off. Don’t ask if you plan to eventually to tell.
5. Big New Ideas
Your team loves your energy and big ideas. But, sometimes you’re confusing. Be sure to link this new idea with the bigger strategy. Stop changing gears every time you have an energetic burst. Be sure you follow-through.
6. Being Nice
Can lead to wimpy feedback. If it’s bad, say so. They want to know the truth.
You’re working hard to build a great team. Conflict is part of that. Stop avoiding controversial topics. Let them argue. Get uncomfortable. You will all emerge stronger.
You want them to learn from your mistakes. You know the best way to act in certain scenarios. But times are changing, and they’ve got other input as well. Be sure you leave room in the development process for them to become their best selves. (see also, Are We Over-Grooming Our Leaders)
9. _______What would you add?
Your turn. What would you add? What good intentions tick you off the most?
*Note: So grateful for the crowdsourcing from the Lead With Giants, Lead Change, and Center For Creative Leadership Communities providing input on this post.
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