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Business Productivity Strategies for Success (Collection) by Daniel Silvert, Merrick Rosenberg, Mark I. Woods, Jerry Weissman, Martha I. Finney, Trapper Woods

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Truth 68. Your team can lead you to greatness

Probably one of the most enduring models of pre-engagement business cultures is the idea that leadership flows downward only. The longer you stick with this form of gravity-bound management, the longer you’ll be enjoying only partial engagement. Engaged employees ready to take the lead on projects they own will chaff under old leadership styles. Let your people take the lead, and you’ll be amazed at how far they’ll take you on the strength of their own vision:

Let them know you want to intentionally pass on some of the power. Get their buy-in on this plan. But don’t expect a unanimous approval. Some employees—no matter how self-directed they are, in fact—may be uncomfortable with the idea that the ...

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