GUEST POST from Mike Shipulski
When the team can get things done without the leader, that’s the sign of a good leader.
If the organization bypasses the leader and goes directly to the subject matter experts, that’s because the leader trusts the subject matter experts.
When subject matter experts are trusted, they do amazing work. Good leaders know that.
When a team leader tells you they made a mistake and take full responsibility for it, they make it safe for you to do the same.
When the team can write a good monthly report while the team leader is on vacation, that’s good for the company and the people who can write a good report on their own.
Good leaders know that they make mistakes and know you will too. And, they’re okay with all that.
When a leader won’t tell you what to do, it’s because she believes in you and knows you’re the best person to figure it out.
When a leader says “I don’t know.” they make it safe for team members to do the same.
When a team leader defers to you, that leader knows the limits of their knowledge and yours.
When a leader responds to your question with a question, the leader is helping you answer your question so you can answer it next time on your own.
Good leaders know that sometimes good people don’t know the answer. And they’re okay with that.
When a leader is comfortable with you reaching out to their boss without their knowledge it’s because that leader has told you the truth over the last several years.
Good leaders don’t celebrate failure, they celebrate learning.
When a leader asks you to use your best judgment, that’s a compliment.
When leaders show their emotions in front of you, it demonstrates that they trust you.
Judge a leader by the performance of people on their team.
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