Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Leadership Promises - Speak up to Your Leader

"Good leaders cultivate honest speech; they love advisors who tell them the truth."Proverbs 16:13 (The Message). Good team leaders never want yes-men. They need direct and honest communication from their people. I have always encouraged people on my team to speak openly and directly with me. Our meetings are often brainstorming sessions where the best idea wins.
Leadership Promises - Speak Up to Your Leader
Leadership Promises - Speak Up to Your Leader
Often, a team member's remarks or observations really help the team. Sometimes we disagree. That's okay, because we've developed strong enough relationships that we can survive conflict. Getting everything out on the table always improves the team. The one thing I never want to hear from a teammate is, "I could have told you that wouldn't work." If you know it beforehand, that's the time to say it.

Besides directness, the other quality team members need to display when communicating with their leaders is respect. Leading a team isn't easy. It takes hard work. It demands personal sacrifice. It requires making tough and sometimes unpopular decisions. We should respect the people who take on leadership roles and show them loyalty.

Good day.

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