Are you bombarded with questions?
Do people constantly ask you what they should do?
Why do leaders hear too many questions? You may hear too many questions because:
• You delegated tasks rather than results, vision, and resources. Delegating tasks is too granular and suggests your need for granular involvement. Delegating tasks causes others to focus on tasks. Delegating vision along with resources frees good people to make decisions on their own.
• You don’t have clear processes and procedures. People ask too many when they aren’t sure what’s next. Establishing processes and procedures for repeated activities frees both leaders and employees.
• You’re a control freak. Your people are paralyzed by your need to know, control, and direct details. On a personal note, I don’t think of myself as a control freak, but I am. I mention that because you may not see your freakishness. In my opinion, leaders tend to be control freaks. Don’t toss this possibility aside without thinking it over.
• Your people lack experience or need training.
• You punish rather than learn from mistake makers. Begin honouring both the lessons learned from and the persons with the courage to make mistakes. Obviously, mistakes from negligence, insubordination, or sabotage shouldn’t be honoured.
Not all questions are good. Some questions indicate poor leadership. Are you hearing too many?
Written by Dan Rockwell
Adapted from Leadership Freak, Too Many Questions