In his article, Employee Engagement Success Comes From Great Leadership, Andrew Koller tells the story of the great leadership style of Lewis and Clark. He explains how they used the power of empowerment to gain the trust and support of their people at a critical time. One of the lesser known management techniques is simply letting go. Giving your people the power to tell you how they think it should be done. I often tell employees, “If you want to know why you boss is such an idiot, wait until you get promoted and see how little you know about what is going on down here.” It’s true. Managers think they still know but the truth is that most of us are clueless.
Try it next time. Let them make the call. You’ll be amazed at how smart they are and how smart they think you are for realizing it.
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