I was talking to Ryan (a member of my team who is a superstar…someone I depend on…and a vital leader in our organization) and I asked if he could help me move some equipment to another location. He said “you don’t have to ask me. You are my boss. You just tell me and I have to do it.”
Maybe. But I don’t like being told what to do…even when the other person has authority over me. I prefer to be asked and not told. Therefore, I ask others – even when I have a role of authority over them. And:
- I won’t ask anyone to do something that I am not willing to do myself
- I won’t ask anyone to do something just to make my life easier. I won’t give any less than I ask of others.
- I won’t use my authority to make others do something unless I feel it is truly necessary for the good of the organization (or for their own good).
When you are in authority over others…what is your posture when you delegate? Do you ask before you tell? Do you work as hard as you expect others to work?
Thanks for listening.