Top 10 Leadership Blunders: #4

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Top 10 Leadership Blunders: #4

Encourager-In-Chief: November 6th, 2019

Not authorizing your people.

One of the most common frustrations I encounter when coaching employees at almost any level is their inability to act and execute ideas without first getting authorization from their leader. This is a colossal waste of time and prevents your people from growing and developing their own leadership skill set. You are also hindering their self-confidence and their promotability.

Once you identify someone who you believe will be a valuable asset to your team, make sure that person knows that he or she is authorized to act on your behalf to further your cause. That alone, though, is not enough. You must also make sure that everyone in your organization understands that you have authorized this person to act on your behalf. If this individual needs to keep checking back with you to make decisions, you are failing him or her, your organization, and yourself by hindering the individual’s growth.

If your organization is sizable, you can send an email to the entire organization letting everyone know that this individual is authorized to make decisions on your behalf. Remember, when somebody is new and others do not know who he or she is, that person may receive hesitation and no cooperation from others who “don’t want to get in trouble.”

By paving the way in advance, you set your authorized individual up for success and cooperation and allow that person the ability to work without being tied to your strings. Inspirational leaders have many other tasks to handle than watching the movement or micromanaging every little detail of a new hire. The sooner you let this person leave the nest, the sooner he or she is free to soar.
A leader is best measured by their employees ability and freedom to excel on their own.
- Dave Romeo

This excerpt is taken from my Leading with Integrity seminar.

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