It’s useful to think of yourself as “first assistant to” your direct reports. You want people at every level to understand the organization’s goals and objectives and make decisions that align with those goals. This will never happen if you adopt an authoritarian posture or overturn decisions in a very public way to let everybody know who’s boss.
It’s been said that the difference between a good leader and a great leader is that a good leader wants to be highly thought of, while a great leader wants their people to think highly of themselves.
Do you strive to serve as an assistant to your staff?
How can you make them think more highly of themselves?