“Dad taught me everything I know. Unfortunately, he didn’t teach me everything he knows.” ~Al Unser, Jr.
This quote highlights a leadership point that is usually true of most of us. How much of what we as leaders know becomes common knowledge to the people who are learning from us? Are we really giving them all of the information they need to get the job done? Or do we “pull a Dad” and give them just enough information to get them started and then stand back and watch what they come up with to fill in the gaps?
I remember my Dad doing this quite often- sometimes my brother and I would create amazing new ways of doing common things. Other times we would just circle the right answer over and over to our father’s great amusement. And one time I ended up being electrocuted by a wall socket whose breaker was apparently NOT blown. (The amusement factor for the entire family was exceptionally high on that particular event as I flew several feet from the wall and got up with a “Flock of Seagulls” tribute hair-do!)
Regardless of who your father figure was, I know you’ve had moments like these- but as leaders we owe our subordinates the full scope of knowledge that we have. Give them your lessons learned, and then let them amaze you by the ways they improve on past success.ISSN: 2158-1355 © Crystal Dyer 2010. All Rights Reserved.