Jeremy Gutsche's innovation keynote speeches and his award-winning book 'Exploiting Chaos' offer many pieces of leadership advice, one of which encourages leaders to "stop telling people what to do." Gutsche believes that a successful team is characterized by members who feel empowered and confident in the decisions they make independent of instructions or orders from a senior person. True leaders create an environment that enables individuals to achieve their full potential.
Jeremy's book -- which is available for FREE here -- offers three examples of this.
"'The role of the Director is to create a space where the actors and actresses can become more than they've ever been before, more than they've dreamed of being.'" --Robert Altman, Oscar-winning Director.
"'We are constantly amazed by how much people will do when they are not told what to do by management.'" --Jack Welch, CEO of GE.
"GEICO CEO (Tony Nicely) loves his job, that's one of the reasons I like the company, as his boss my goal is to make sure he keeps loving his job, because he's a smart competent guy and his competitive advantage is that passion. So I pretty much leave well enough alone -- because all I can do is mess it up."' --Warren Buffett, Investment Legend.
By not constantly telling employees what to do, they will feel more empowered and make for better employees.
Stop Telling People What to Do
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