I was talking to one of my teammates last week and discussing a topic that mattered to many other people in our organization. I asked him if he had checked with them (those who might be affected) to make sure they were aligned with the intended course of action.
After thinking for a moment, he shared this powerful observation:
When I ask others for permission, it feels like I am giving them power over me. But, I can now see how [through that simple act] I am trying to keep them involved and in the loop.
In a moment of a brilliant insight, he was empowered to act with even greater authority and self-autonomy. Asking others for permission is not necessarily giving them the power to veto us…but it shows how much we value their insights and wisdom. It builds strength within the team.
It’s a powerful act of leadership to invite permission from others when it’s not required.
Thank you Travis for permission to share the lesson. You articulated it well!
Thanks for listening.