What is the difference between Leadership and Management, a question often asked. One of the quotes that is featured a lot is ‘great leaders don’t tell you what to do, they show you how it’s done’. In my (humble) opinion however, as a leader you don’t show somebody else how it’s done.
I believe that by asking the right questions you can trigger someone to find the best route themselves. Without you showing how. ‘Why did you choose for this option over the other?’, ‘Did the alternative routes have any positives that you could incorporate?’, ‘What risks do you foresee, and have you got any ideas on how to tackle them?’, ‘Who could help you with this?’, and so forth. By helping them to find their own answers, you will help them grow. They will stretch beyond their own expectations, which will lead to a positive mindset and attitude. It’s important hat people believe in themselves, that they know they are smart enough themselves to take that next step.
It is difficult sometimes to take the time to ask these questions. Many times it is easier to just show them the route from A to B. In the end though, it will safe you time because by asking questions over and over again, you give your team the power to find their own solutions. You help them get fit for their future.
Check out this infographic and choose which type of person you’d like to work best for. And what type of person you’d like to be.