The Monday MOVE Idea
Each Monday until the launch of my upcoming book MOVE, I’ll be sharing an important idea from the book. This week: Make People Feel Like Super Heroes
“Patty, When I worked for you, I thought I was Superman.”
I got that message recently from a former employee. It was wonderful to get that message. But additionally, those 10 words sum up for me, in a pretty profound way, what I believe being a good leader of a high performing team is about.
He continued… “I have occasionally reflected on why that was. Not sure I know all the answers, but the things I do know are that the environment was real, the energy was high and the crap was low.”
If you set out with the goal to create an environment where your people can feel amazing, you’ll be on a really good track.
A great measure for your own leadership is: How many of my people feel like super-heroes?
The simple approach is this:
Share power. Hire top people, give them big work, support them, step back and let them be amazing. Don’t just delegate work. Delegate power. Let people make decisions and solve problems. Let them do great work they can be proud of, and help them get recognized for it. If you hire top performers, show them trust and respect, and make sure they get the credit, they will move mountains for you. Get out of their way!
People like to be amazing. Let them.
I’m really excited to share important ideas about genuine employee engagement and all the tools I put in my upcoming book MOVE to help you get your team (at any level in the organization) to execute your strategy more decisively.
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Patty Azzarello is an executive, best-selling author, speaker and CEO/Business Advisor. She became the youngest general manager at HP at the age of 33, ran a billion dollar software business at 35 and became a CEO for the first time at 38 (all without turning into a self-centered, miserable jerk)