How can you become a leadership “multiplier?”
How can you be the leader that makes their teams smarter and more productive?
Following are some insights to these questions from research reported in Harvard Business Review.
*Become a Talent Magnet. Recruit the best people for positions and allocate their responsibilities according to their natural talents. Invest in their development.
*Inspire Creativity from Others. Create an environment that allows for the freedom to brainstorm freely and build off one another’s ideas.
*Be a Challenger. Ask hard questions. Set Stretch Goals and support innovation. Do not punish people for trying new ideas that fail.
*Promote Constructive Conflict. Encourage open debate about the best alternatives, but make sure it is done respectfully and constructively.
*Share Ownership. Allow the team to own the goals and process, as well as the results.
BONUS: Multiplier Derailers. Watch out for these behaviors that can diminish your team: Hoard Resources, Talk Too Much, Be the Know-It-All, Make All the Decisions, Hog All the Credit. Stay away from these!
Teams have great potential that you can tap into if you use these behaviors. Be a Force Multiplier!
*Ideas for this blog taken from: Wiseman, L. & McKeown, G. “Bringing Out the Best in Your People,” Harvard Business Review, May 2010, pp. 117 – 121.