Saturday, February 23, 2013

Leadership Lessons: The Liberator

Source: Multipliers: How the Best Leaders Make Everyone Smarter-Liz Wiseman and Greg McKeown

Leaders who are liberators:
  • Put other people on the stage
  • Identify hard opinions vs. soft opinions-soft opinions are for others to discuss and think about for themselves
  • Understand that formal hierarchies can suppress voices and ideas of those at the bottom.
  • Operate as a peer or create an environment of freedom to express you view
  • Create an intense environment
Positive Culture Created by a Liberator
  • Ideas are generated with ease.
  • People learn rapidly and adapt to new environments.
  • People work collaboratively.
  • Complex problems get solved.
  • Difficult tasks get accomplished.
Three Practices of a Liberator
1. Create Space
  • Listen more/Talk Less
  • Be consistent and predictable-allows other to know when they can contribute and creates safety
  • Level the Playing Field
  • Stay out of the details
2. Demand People's Best Work
  • Hold people to their best work, not outcomes (can't control outcomes-causes unnecessary stress)
3. Generate Rapid Learning Cycles
  • Give permission to make mistakes.
  • Admit and share personal mistakes.
  • Insist on learning from mistakes.
Label Opinions
Hard-Where you have a clear and potentially emphatic point
Soft-Where you have a perspective to offer and ideas for someone else to consider

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