I took some notes from a recent Andy Stanley Podcast. The crux of the notes centered around helping your employees or your team become stronger by giving them permission to lead.
Generosity and selflessness is what typically celebrated about someone’s life during a funeral. The value of life is always measured by how much has been given away. Leaders must give away authority and responsibility to their team if they want to keep growing.
Leaders overseeing teams need to get into the habit of saying to their people, “You decide.”
The more authority you have, the less small decisions you should be making. As a person moves up in an organization, their responsible goes up, but their IQ goes down. They become responsible for things which they know little about. This is all the more reason to develop people. It’s motivation for leaders to defer and delegate. If you know everything going on in your org, it’s too small.
Leaders need to be making fewer and fewer decisions. Get in the habit of turning those decisions over to your team. Teach them by emptying your cup – help young leaders learn to make decisions.
Here are five great permission giving questions for your team:
- What are you most excited about right now?
- What do you wish you could spend more time on?
- What is most challenging right now? (what in our systems need to be tweaked?)
- Anything bugging you?
- What can I do to help?
We won’t find out until we ask.
One the best ways a leader of a growing organization can lead effectively is to be stay in constant connection with the team around them helping them grow, lead and carry the ownership for the mission.