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Be a more participative leader

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Successful leaders seek out the advice and experience of those they supervise and engage them in the decision-making process. Most employees clearly prefer participa­tive leadership, but it isn't an easy skill to master.

Here are some point­ers to help you stay on track:

Start with a positive attitude. It not only makes you personally more productive, it makes others around you more eager to work closely with you. Whenever you feel overwhelmed by a task, remember that there's a good chance your team members have the talent and know-how to help you tackle it.

Keep communication chan­nels open. Your people can't help you make solid decisions unless they have the necessary information. And let team members know what you care about and where you want and need help. Then listen carefully to the responses they give you.

Demonstrate trust. Adding your team members' individuality, creativity and unique points of view to the mix will often change situ­ations to create more than simple black-and-white alternatives. 

Show patience. Problems and disappointments are an inevitable part of life, work and teamwork. The more impatient you appear when faced with botched assign­ments or everyday glitches, the less credible is your invitation for others to participate. 

 

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