a. You’re implementing some form of change in your manufacturing organisation and you would like to be a more supportive leader.
b. You understand that the people in your team need to take the reins and be more responsible for delivering results, but you find it hard to take a step back.
c. You get too involved, can be too bossy and you think the team cannot function without your input.
I guess a) sounds familiar otherwise you wouldn’t be reading the post, b) because you see taking a more supportive role will allow you to take a step back and c) well maybe this is you?
When you are working with diverse groups of people that have varying levels of skills and experience, it can have an adverse effect when you get involved and start telling your team what to do. They may either:
· Stop thinking for themselves and just wait for your solutions (you’re going to get involved anyway so why bother)
· Do it your way even though they know it’s not the most effective solution
· Do it half-heartedly and start to show signs of being disengaged
· Smile, do it and then talk behind your back with the rest of the team