A Common Leader Mistake: Part 5

August 10, 2011 -- Sal Silvester

Another  common and costly leader mistake that can result in a loss of credibility and trust.

MISTAKE: Leading with answers instead of questions.

Jim Collins said it best in Good to Great:

"Leading from good to great does not mean coming up with the answers and then motivating everyone to follow your messianic vision. It means having the humility to grasp that you do not yet understand enough to have all the answers, and to ask the questions that will lead to the best possible insights."

Once you grasp this concept as a new manager, you will quickly make strides toward building a culture of trust and respect. Leading with questions instead of answers opens conversation and shows your people you value their input.

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