What to do when you don’t know what to do as a leader…

by | Jul 12, 2022

Leaders get paid to get results and solve problems. It’s always been this way.

For years, leaders were paid to be the ‘experts’ in their field. To have all the answers for their employees. Employees expected their boss to ‘TELL’ them what to do and the boss expected to do just that.

NOW, things are different.

That command-and-control style of leadership just doesn’t work anymore, with all of the disruption, economic volatility, advancements in technology, and the rapid change and complexity in business and in the world. All of this, plus the shift in values of the upcoming generations, factor into the unique challenges leaders face.

In light of all this, leaders CAN’T have all the ANSWERS. It’s impossible.

But the thing is, good leaders DON’T HAVE TO.

What they can and are called upon to do is have the COURAGE and WISDOM to know how to leverage the collective IDEAS and KNOWLEDGE of those around them to find the answers.

But the way to do this is not by being what most people think of as the typical ‘BOSS.’

Good leaders know how to COACH their people to greatness; they know how to get the best, those much needed solutions, from their people by partnering / collaborating with them rather than directing / micromanaging them.

It’s up to the LEADER to FACILITATE the collective team-wide search for answers. Not be the one with all the answers herself.

This takes loads of both humility and confidence…to recognize that every person on your time has a unique perspective that will make the rest of the team better if they are given the space to contribute.

It’s important for us as leaders not to be the bottleneck of our team’s success.

The challenges we face today in the workplace are too big for one person.

And in my opinion, I think this can be a good thing. It invites us to lead and work together differently, to work in our strengths.

And gives leaders an opportunity to demonstrate how much they value and appreciate the people on their teams in practical ways, because we all know that none of us can succeed alone.