Everyone has a boss. Here are some guidelines of when and when not to leverage others when it comes to leading our teams……
When to leverage:
- When you do not have decision making authority
- When an item is material enough and you need advice before making a decision
- When you are already all-in, but need some additonal support to get to the next step
When not to leverage: When it is something fundamental to the success of your team, yet you yourself are not behind the initiative. Belief has to start with you as the leader of your team and leveraging others absent of this will only deminish your influence and ability to successfully lead.
If you ever find yourself conveying to the team that a new initiative must be adopted due to someone else’s agenda, it is a good idea to stop and spend time with your leaders to fully understand (debate if needed) the initiative, find purpose, understanding, and get behind it, and then focus on how to communicate it to your team as their leader. Your team has to know where you stand before there can be any positive momentum.