How will you wield the power?

I could tell you what to do, or I could ask you what needs to be done next. I could tell you what my opinion is right away, or I could hold back and hear what you have to say first. I could remain silent when I notice that you seem a bit down, or I could check in and see how you are doing. I could tell you “what,” or I could accompany the “what” with the “why.” I could say “I told you so,” or I could choose to remain silent and affirming. One of our jobs as leaders is determining how to engage with our teams. These are the daily, in-the-moment kind of decisions. The kind of decisions that leave others feeling better about themselves, or feeling worse. The kind that make your team feel comfortable and safe, or agitated and fearful. The power is yours. How will you wield it?

by Jonathan Wilson

Jonathan is the Head Coach at Sandcastle Company, a Seattle-based leadership training organization. His first book, Future Leader: Rebooting Leadership to Win the Millennial and Tech Future [link], is now available. Jonathan regularly writes and speaks about The New Leader Way, leadership resilience, and the future of work. He has years of leadership experience in both the public and private sectors, a master's degree from Seattle University, and professional coach training from the University of Miami.

Filed under: Leadership

Published on March 4, 2019

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