Collaboration or People Pleasing?

 

BUILD A COLLABORATIVE LEADERSHIP TEAM - MAYBE?

One of the most frequent requests made by CEO’s is for me to help their “C” or leadership teams be more collaborative.  I understand the desire to move away from silos and build more cooperation.  However, this popular word has a different meaning to many leaders.

TELL ME WHAT YOU WANT!

One SVP said to me “just tell the boss to let me know what he wants, and I will deliver it!”  This individual was a solid people pleaser and did not realize it.

Psychology tells us that about 35% of those in leadership roles see their task as pleasing others.  As long as others are happy, they are doing a great job.

Not so!

THE OPPOSITE APPROACH

Another SVP in coaching responded when I shared that her direct reports were very upset with her style.  She told me that they were just know knowledgeable as she is and not qualified.  I then asked why all the peers had the same feedback.  Her response was the same.  This is either arrogance or being totally out of touch.

There is a better alternative than people pleasing, and it is a fundamental element in Modern Leadership.

Bring out the best in yourself and in others!  Short and sweet but I have seen it work over and over.  Try it and see the difference it will make.


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