The conventional wisdom on leadership: Get advice from others but make the final decision. But in today’s shifting global marketplace, it’s out of date. More and more, success in business isn’t about producing the proverbial widget, but unlocking human potential. Success isn’t about rigid systems that guide our people as they churn out product. It’s about how we release our people to innovate, at every stage of the game.
As a young leader, I followed the conventional wisdom. I might ask a couple of people for some input before I made a decision. But I made the final call, always.
Success is about how we release people to innovate, at every stage of the game. -Dennis Bakke
It didn’t take me long to realize that the more decisions I made, the less engaged others became. They didn’t have any control over the process or the results. So they didn’t feel any ownership in them either.
The problem was me. To be a good leader, I had to let go.
The reality is that it is the boss who is often the last to know. So when bosses, department leaders or team leaders make all the decisions, they’re often operating with stale or second-hand information, some of which has been edited or sanitized on its way to “the boss.”