MVP: Working on a leadership skill and then processing our growth, or lack thereof, with other leaders provides learning opportunities for everyone involved.
Leadership is a growth journey that is never complete. This means that as we continue to grow, those above and around us should also be growing. Yesterday I suggested that one way to do this was to share a resource and ask someone above you to discuss it. Here’s another strategy:
Grow your own ability to implement the strategic practice you want them to get better at by practicing it. If your boss is telling people what to do instead of working with them to learn why people can’t do it, work on your own skills of asking people to help diagnose problems.
You could do this with people who you specifically supervise or for a project that you are responsible for. You could ask permission to work with the specific people with whom your boss is frustrated. You could say something like, “I’ve been working on some of my coaching skills, and I wonder if it would be okay for me to try them out with Mr. X. I know he’s been having some performance challenges and I think this would be a good opportunity for me to grow.”
Once you make your attempt, you can debrief with the other leader(s) thereby creating an opportunity for both of you to grow.
Today’s intention: Think about critical skill that both you and another leader could benefit from improving.