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Very often leaders will come to me asking how they can help their employees to grow.
They want their employees to be more proactive.
They want their employees to start taking ownership of more strategic work.
They want their employees to come up with and deliver more innovative ideas.
These are great desires, and leaders are very often able to see their team’s potential before the team members can see the same for themselves.
My response to the leader every time is this one:
“What growth do YOU need?”
You see in order for your team to grow you have to provide the space for them to grow.
You have to grow first so that your team can grow.
It’s kind of like repotting a pot plant.
Sometimes a plant’s roots will start to outgrow the pot.
If the plant stays in the same small pot, its potential to grow will be limited.
First, the pot needs to change, and then the plant will flourish.
So leader, what growth do you need so that your team can grow?
Perhaps this means:
- Delegating more often
- Learning how to grow your trust your team
- Providing more autonomy in meetings and decision making
- Communicating and coaching your team more often
- Allowing your team to fail and fix their mistakes without intervening
- Having more tough conversations
- Providing more recognition and support
It’s only natural that when you grow, your team will grow too.
- If you want your team or a specific team member to grow, first ask yourself: “How do I need to grow so that they may grow?”
- Very often you may encounter resistance to delegating more or providing more communication (etc.) – this is a great opportunity to get coached on why you struggle to grow into or do more of these growth activities.
- COACHING: If you want to grow your team by growing yourself, then book a free consultation with me here.