The power base of any cohesive and unified team is trust. If you believe in your people and you have confidence in their abilities and decision making, it has a way of multiplying the impact of the team. You are, in effect, advancing your leadership to all of your team members.
Leaders often have a tough time passing this responsibility on to others. They are often used to making the decisions and developing the strategy for the group. Leaders have confidence in their abilities to provide direction with effectiveness- that is how they became a leader. The problem is that one person cannot think for the entire organization.
Once you let go of the reins and allow others to think and make decisions, you are tapping into more brain power. Much more brain power. The front line team members often know the situation better than the leaders. They are involved in the struggle every day. They see things first hand. They know the intricate details that are involved in the process.
Most employees have no problem following direction. They will proceed as directed. If the plan is flawed from the start, they will generally avoid blame for the outcome. The tension develops when you allow your team to think for themselves. When they are allowed to put together their own plan and strategy, they are now open for scrutiny. They feel vulnerable to judgement.
How do you remove this apprehension to leading? Trust is the key.
Once the employee knows that his manager and the company are squarely behind them, they will feel the freedom to step into a leadership role and make decisions. Without trust, there is a breakdown in authority. And trust must go in both directions to bind the team together.
Trust is the glue that holds together a successful organization.
Mistakes will be made. There is no way to completely avoid them. You must always be ready to help clean up a mess resulting from a poor decision made by someone other than yourself. This is natural- but not fun. You can’t avoid it. This is part of the learning process.
To unleash the power of your entire team- you must trust them and they must trust you.
There is no other way.