Give or Take: What Are You Going To Do With the Control

Recently, I was looking through the book Hey Leader, Wake Up and Hear the Feedback! by Eric Harvey.  Eric and his team surveyed hundreds of thousands of leaders and individual contributors around the world and selected 145 of the best responses to the following question:

“What specific behaviors define effective and respected leaders?”

Of all the responses listed, this was my favorite response:  The one thing truly effective leaders do is give control!  Managers take control – leaders give it.

I think there is a lot of wisdom to that response.  To be an effective leader you have to allow those that you are leading to have control or you will never reach your full potential.  You can guide them along the way, but if you spend all your time as a leader trying to control and micromanage those you lead, you will never allow those you lead to do the things that you are not capable of doing.  This can be a very hard thing to do at first, but if you look at the benefits of letting go of the control, you will find that you were able to do things that you never even imagined possible at the start.

With this in mind I would like to give you a Top 10 list of guiding principles that will help you as a leader give control over to those you lead.

  1. Believe in your people.
  2. Let your people know you believe in them.
  3. Inspect what you expect.
  4. Practice situational leadership (change your style with each person and each task).
  5. Take an active role and invest in your people’s development.
  6. Let your people know their growth and development are important to you.
  7. Demonstrate the importance of their development by giving them opportunities for growth.
  8. Develop the competence and confidence of your people so they are motivated to act on their own.
  9. Take responsibility for making your people “winners.”
  10. Do not be a crutch for people but be a CATALYST for their growth and development.
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About wmarsau

Most of the people who visit this blog already know me so it is kind of pointless to try to describe my life in this short little blurb. What is the purpose of this blog is the question. Over the course of this last year I have been exposed to some amazing people and have made personal development an important focus of my life. Being successful, not by the world's standards, but by God's has become my main focus. Mainly, I want to work to develop myself as a person who is kinder, reaches out to help those in need, and truly makes a difference in this world. To this end I am constantly reading and am exposed to so many differnet things along the way. These have been amazing and it is helping me grow so much. Then I started to think, "Why am I being so selfish?" You need to share with others these amazing things you are learning and being exposed to. That is where this blog comes into play. As I am reading and experiencing things that are truly amazing and life changing, I will be posting them on this blog. Obviously, I will not be able to post everything in it's entirity, but I will be summarizing them and letting you know the source of the article or book they come from so you can check them out later if you wish. I want this blog to be a place where you can go to often and be inspired and leave here with a smile on your face. I will be covering all kinds of different topics dealing with success and personal development. Topics like taking action, relationships, living to your potential, reinventing yourself, finances, leadership, presenting, goal setting, time management, etc. I will also be occasionally including topics on cooking, music, and gardening because they are special interests of mine. As a little disclaimer, I have given my life to the Lord and he is #1 in my life. I am his servant and everything I do in life is for his glory. With that being said, religion influences all areas of my life. There will be references to God in this blog because I can't seperate God from this or any other area of my life. I want you to know that if you do not believe in God, that is fine. That is your choice. This blog is open to anyone who wants to better their life. I will not be trying to influence or pressure anyone into having a relationship with the Lord from this site. Please don't feel uncomfortable. You can just read the portions of the blog that you wish to. I am inviting you to go on a journey with me. We will learn together to be the kind of people we were designed to be. Anyone can make a difference in this world, but it starts%
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