Have you ever found yourself stuck as a leader?
You see your people staring at challenges, and they are struggling to solve them. You know it's your job to lead them through this, but truth be told, it can all feel overwhelming.
You start to think "Wouldn't it just be easier to do it myself?" "Why don't I just tell them the answer." "When I tell them what to do, I AM helping them." Sound familiar? That approach might work for the short-term. But at some point, your people need to be able to solve problems on their own.
If the whole thing depends on us, then it will always be about us. That kind of leadership is not only NOT inspiring, it's limiting. If the ceiling of our team's potential is determined by how far our arms can reach personally, we are holding our people back from reaching their full potential.
But there's good news. It's short, sweet, and to the point. When applied consistently, over time, it holds the power to be an absolute game-changer for your team.
It's simply this...
Solving starts with serving.
Not the going to soup kitchen's and pet shelters kind of serving. That's great, and has it's place. This is the pouring-into the team of people you are leading kind of serving. It's getting out of our team's way as a limiting factor, so they can step up and solve.
The challenge we are facing is to teach, not preach. To equip, not do for.
This happens when we value the perspective that comes from getting the attention off of ourselves as leaders. It equips our team to make better decisions.
Let's talk practical application:
Circumstances can feel stressful, and situations overwhelming. We've established that.
How do we equip our people to solve the problems that comes with those feelings?
We need a process for our progress.
It's one that starts conversationally, and built relationally...consistently...over time.
4 Questions That Will Change How You Lead.
These questions apply to us as individuals, teams, organizations, and families.
The more we talk about them, the more value will be placed on them.
Great, but how does that help our people learn how to solve problems?
Use the 4 questions as a compass. When your people run whatever they are facing through this process, they have something consistent to base their responses on. They won't be making choices based on random opinions and preferences. They will be gaining momentum as they make them based on your vision.
Why is this so important?
You may be facing similar challenges as other individuals, teams, organizations, and families. BUT...you can't solve those problems based on who someone else is. The group of people at the company down the street has a completely different reason why they exist. The person who parents differently than you likely has core values that are different as well. Not necessarily right or wrong, just different. But to be the leader of your people, you need to be you...not someone else.
Starting conversations with these 4 questions, consistently over time, will help you make better decisions. And more than that, it will equip your team to do the same, not needing you to do all the heavy lifting. That makes you a leader of influence, impact, and intent.
That's a leader your people will love to follow.
As a boss.
As a coach.
As a manager.
As a parent.
And as a bonus?
That's the kind of leadership that leaves a legacy you'll be proud of.