Build Leaders Instead
Have you ever thought it was just easier to do it yourself?
How’s that working for you? Getting tired? Overwhelmed?
I totally understand. Passionate managers and entrepreneurs have a specific vision for their organizations. We want things done well… you know, the way we would do them…
Yet it’s better for us and for our teams if we don’t supply all the answers.
It takes more time, energy, and patience to coach someone rather than tell someone what to do next.
Recently, I was training people in how to develop long-term strategies. As I visited each small group, I did my best to guide them through the case by asking questions. I could see their frustration. They wanted me to save the day and give them the answer. But they learn more if they figure it out.
And when they solved the problem, I could see the satisfaction on their faces.
Some good coaching questions to begin: What the real problem? Why? What’s working? What needs to be done differently? What do we need to make the change?
How can you step back this week and help someone by not giving them all the answers? How can you help to build leaders?
Catherine Doucette MEd, CTDP is a Training and Performance Consultant who delivers customized business communications and leadership programs that produce measurable results.