Leading is, also, giving in
Maybe this is obvious to many managers and other executive positions but I don’t see it everywhere enough to stop me from writing it.
Sometimes, leaders have to accept their teams decisions even if it is just for their team’s member’s motivation. I mean, the best scenario is where everyone brings their opinion and then a constructive conversation about the possibilities takes everyone to common conclusions. But it is not always this easy.
In many situations, leaders (mostly in the case of founders because there’s nobody higher in the hierarchy) think that because it’s his company they can impose the decisions they take, and in fact, they can. But that’s what this article is about. The fact that you can doesn’t mean there are no consequences inside your team.
If you keep taking decisions against your teams opinions on most subjects, it won’t matter if you are right in other areas, or even if you end up being right in some of the ones the team members didn’t agree on, they’ll end up realising that their voice is more important than the challenge of finding another job and they’ll leave.
As I said, maybe this sounds obvious, but I think it happens more often than we realise and all has to do with a low degree of emotional intelligence that makes some leaders forget that human beings need realisation; need to be able to decide certain things (specially if you hired them to do so); need to be able to feel they are listened to even if you would do things a different way.
Leading is not a position, is a voluntary recognition by your team, if you forget this, your life will be a little harder and you’ll never get to keep the same team for much time. And if you actually have a good team, this is a luxury no leader can take in the business world.