Being positive all the time doesn’t work
If you think always having a smile on your face will boost or maintain team morale, you’re wrong. It will work for some time, however, when cracks begin to show you’ll find yourself on the receiving end of really tough questions like “were you aware of this?” and “why didn’t you let us know sooner?”
This puts you in a worse place than you would be in if you just spoke up about the issues at hand. It’s not easy to open up about problems because you don’t want your team to get discouraged. However, having your team temporarily upset is so much better than having your team distrust you.
If you think you can handle the problems better than anyone else on your team can, you’re wrong
Being married to the products I lead, I take losses really badly. My engineers could walk away from failed investor relationships and prospective client work. I can’t.
Real Leadership is Built on Trust
Your team doesn’t need a hero to rally them into war with an epic speech. They need a can-do attitude that’s built on strategy, action and most importantly trust.
- Trust maximizes communication
- Trust lets us make more mistakes
- Trust empowers patience
Involve your teammates in the hard problems and show them the power of trust.