This morning, I attended a free, monthly webinar hosted by Ratliff & Taylor. They provide services such as career transition and executive searches. I first ran across them in 2014 when I started the Mandel Foundation Leadership Development Program.
This morning’s focus was on leadership development. If I had one takeaway, it is that words matter. In particular, as leaders, the words we use are critical.
For me, what I found is that I am exceedingly clear in my vision. When I ask my team to work on a new project, I know precisely how the project should look. But, after an of instruction and conversation, what I realized is that I am not being explicit in my instruction.
I suspect many of us have this issue: we know what we want, but we don’t clearly articulate it to those around us. For me, this leads to a disparity between vision and execution. It also means that I need to do better in making sure my team and I are on the same page.
A challenge that I foresee is explaining the end vision without dictating the steps to get there. I don’t want to add clarity while simultaneously adding micromanagement. A related issue is limiting myself to a particular vision. Maybe there is an even better outcome.
Another realization I had is that I am hedging in my language. I haven’t decided yet why. Perhaps it is a lack of confidence. Or, maybe, I don’t want to offend others by being direct in my request.
Regardless, the webinar provided me with some things on which to contemplate.
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