True leaders inspire employees to reach their potential.
That’s a tall order. More often, leaders fall into the trap of becoming passion killers.
One practical way forward is asking your team to catalog “passion killers,” and systematically try to eliminate them.
Common ones include endless meetings, email that’s too long or too short, lack of customer input, hypercritical reaction to ideas, no recognition, no coaching and interdepartmental conflict.
That’s a daunting list.
Start with the easy ones: Eliminate meeting A, revise form B, and get yourself a coach.
If your aim is true, you’ll receive goodwill and appreciation in return.
— Adapted from Liberating Passion, Omar Khan with Paul Brown, Wiley.