The role of leaders is to get results. Successful leaders acknowledge it to get the best results as quickly as possible and need to draw on all the talent, experience and knowledge of the team. They strengthen others to deliver. Most of the time people respond, but there are times when others do not return. In some cases, this could be a repeat pattern.
Keeping people in charge is necessary to succeed as a leader and success of the company, groups, or departments you led. Surprisingly, many leaders find it difficult to keep others in mind. They avoid it in the hope that it will be better or even worse to talk to others about the problems with someone rather than the person who is struggling to return. In my experience, there are five main reasons why leaders do not like to keep others in the account:
1. They do not make their expectations clear.
2. Relationships become too comfortable.
3. They start focusing on their own position rather than performing.
4. They do not want to look like a bad boy or girl
5. They do not know how to set up a warranty
So what can leaders do to make it more effective to keep others in control?
Good leaders take time to explain to others what results they are responsible for, make sure they are written down and understood by the individual who is brought.
Make rewards and consequences clear
Be clear about prizes if an individual returns the results and consequences if people do not return. The latter is especially important if someone is in trouble.
Give Your Support and Help to Success
Successful leaders do not put others up to failure. They provide support and help to maximize the chances of success. It may include training, guiding, guaranteed resources or acting as a sounding table.
Emphasize the results
When leaders lose focus on performing, they curtail their own and future planning. To prevent this, keep focusing on the results.
Keep Communication Professional
As a leader you want to be close, friendly and supportive. At the same time, you do not want to get too close when it comes to relationships that make it difficult to make strong calls or deliver bad news.
Bottom line – getting results are what you are paid for. Do not compromise to succeed by not keeping others in the mind of what they have agreed to deliver.