When Moses asked Pharoah to “let his people go,” he definitely had the right idea, but for an entirely different purpose. I know that this association is pretty weak, but it is my blog and this is what I came up with. You just have to live with it. Just kidding! Entirely confused as to the topic of today’s blog? Well let me get into it.
It always surprises me when I see managers suffocating their staffs. By suffocating their staff, I’m referring to leaders who are unwilling to let their employees out of their grips for fear of losing the employee or losing control. These types of leaders are actually doing the exact opposite of what they are intending to do. This tight grip and suffocating behavior will reduce performance, squash creativity, and inevitably cause employees to leave.
If leaders hold on to their employees loosely, the employees feel the freedom of the open hands, which ultimately increases their productivity and develops more leaders in return. This philosophy of encouraging employees to “grow and go” will result in leaders losing some great employees from time to time, but it will be a lot less than if the managers try to control the employees every movement. The great thing about leading with the open-handed mentality is the fact that those employees lost will always be quickly replenished.
On the other hand, an employer who plants a suffocating scarcity seed won’t reap an abundant harvest. The employees will never reach their full potential and that means that the overall performance of the group will ultimately suffer.
It is the scarcity mentality vs. the abundance mentality. The scarcity mentality says that there is not enough good to go around. The abundance mentality says that there is more than enough great to go around. Do you see the difference in the mentalities? Clearly, adopting the abundance mentality is a much better opeion for everyone involved.
If you are an employer, I would encourage you to open your hands and let your employees grow and develop to their full potential. Don’t be the one holding them back.
If you are the employee and you find that you are in a suffocated position, I would try to encourage your employer to open their hands. If that doesn’t work, it may be time “to go and grow.”
Let Go! Dream big! Think Bigger!