Part of the Blog Series: Leadership Principles for Young Professionals
How often have you been frustrated with a leader you had because they didn’t share information with you? Did they hold information back that you thought was valuable, and could have helped you do your job better? Did you miss out on productivity and levels of effectiveness because the information they held was related to a project or tasks you were assigned? How would you have handled that information differently? How different would the results had been had that information been available?
We all know that knowledge is power. And in order for a business or organization to be productive and grow, its people must be armed with the knowledge they need to be productive and effective. I too have suffered under leadership who held information that would have served me in my job or duties. The more prominent experience was when I was in a unit I served in during my service in the Marines. I was a lieutenant and an assistant operations officer reporting to a captain. The captain always held information tight and only trickled it out when it was the absolute last minute of needing to know. As a result, I and my Marines were forced to be more reactive, instead of proactive. Our effectiveness in our duties was reduced as a result. It made our jobs frustrating in our inability to have a level of anticipation.
Something most leaders strive for is to have their people be decisive and take initiative on a consistent basis. I can tell you that you hinder making that desire a reality if you neglect to keep your people informed. No one can be decisive and take initiative when they don’t have all the information. The Marines told us, as young officers, that our Marines are our most valuable weapons, and to make sure those weapons are well armed. Arming them with information and knowledge made them just as effective of WAR-FIGHTERS as did providing them with weapons and ammunition. Your people are you’re your most valuable weapons in your line of business; make sure they are well armed with the information they need, so you can employ them to their fullest capabilities.
Want to raise your organization’s productivity? At no cost, all you have to do is increase the level of information you provide your people.
Ask yourself these questions on a daily basis:
“Keep your people informed” sounds like a very simple leadership principle to practice, but unfortunately, because of its simplicity, it is often taken for granted.
Oh, and by the way, a fire and forget email is never enough for communicating. Inspect what you expect.
Agoge Leadership Development
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