Are You a Know-It-All?

25 Jan

Leadership is a vital component of any business manager or executive. However, the natural individualism of leadership can sometimes inflate one’s ego and instill a sense of righteousness. Leaders who are able to recognize that they do not hold the answers to everything are better equipped at building relationships with co-workers and promoting innovative thought.

Leaders who insist on making every decision often end up suffering from a disengaged workforce. If you find that employees are not taking the initiative or offering their own ideas, it may be a consequence of your leadership style.

If you find yourself in this situation, take a step back and rethink your approach to employee management. Acknowledge your shortcomings – publicly, perhaps. This will inject a degree of humility in your character and attract respect from employees. From there, work toward building a more collaborate environment, wherein workers are free to suggest their own ways of doing things.

Furthermore, admit how much you rely on your staff and acknowledge their hard work. When timed properly, this can have a tremendous effect on employee engagement and morale.

Do you think you have all the answers?


One Response to “Are You a Know-It-All?”

  1. Kobie Snyman January 27, 2012 at 7:46 am #

    Great advice. It’s so easy to be a controlling or micromanaging leader instead of trusting your team to add value to the process, Have a look at this post: