Nahla | Sharing Thoughts
INSPIRE NOT INSTRUCT!
There are two strategies to lead, whether you are a parent, a manager or a teacher , it’s all the same. In the first, you lead by authority, this means you use your authority to get people to do what you need them to do. The driving force here is that you think you know what needs to be done and you provide the solutions. This is a style common in parenting, schooling system and traditionally managed organizations. It is driven by good will because the leader is trying to protect others from making mistakes - based on the assumption that he/she has all the answers. In the second, you lead by inspiration, this means that you recognize that your job, whether you are a parent, teacher or manager, is to inspire others to think, reflect, share so that knowledge is produced from the collective. The driving force here is that you know that no one person has all solutions, and you recognize that if you inspire others - whether they are your kids, students or employees - to think with you, the outcome will be much more valuable and the relationships much more sustainable. When relationships are built on respect of the other person’s potential, they become collaborative, they become sustainable. No one wishes to be told what to do but everyone has a need to learn and share!