Do you get more power by grabbing it or giving it away? As I coach leaders, I often try to get them to confront this question. While this seems to be a question for the corporate executive, it fits almost every leader from the top of a direct sales organization to company directors. The obvious answers often doesn’t work.
The usual answer is along the lines of “I need to tighten the reins of control.” That means clearer organizational charts, roles, responsibilities, and micro-managing. For most of the people I coach, this is a recipe for disaster. They will alienate their teams, undercut their development, and create an environment in which people are content to meet the minimums rather than energized to provide maximums.
The real answer is “I need to equip and empower my team.” Giving away control raises your leadership capacity. Here are a baker’s dozen questions that might prove useful as you coach leaders on this issue.
- What roles do you currently play (and get very detailed)?
- What skills does it take to fill your roles?
- What would make you better equipped to fill these roles?
- How do the people you work with make you feel? What do they do to create those feelings?
- How do you make the people around you feel? What are you doing to create these? Give examples.
- What personal goals do you have?
- What aspirations do your people have?
- What would shift your enthusiasm up?
- What limits your ability to influence at work?
- What would enhance it?
- How much control do you feel you have in your area (scale of 1 to 10)
- How much control do you feel you need?
- If you were to report to the you-boss, how do you feel about you-boss on an average day?
What questions would you like to add? Remove?