Kara Redoutey, MBA, CFRE & Eric Kephas, MA
Why are leaders hesitant to do this?
As individuals, we want to do what we want to do. We want to make a plan, take our own course of action, and follow our own path to get the result we are trying to achieve. It takes additional time to seek input from others. It may slow our pace. We may get feedback or input that we don’t want to hear.
What is the case for doing it anyway?
As a new leader, you will find that you need help from others to get organizational results. When your team has bought into the plan and given input, it creates more positivity around the project and more ownership over the final product. When you seek input from your team, the team grows and gets better. Even if the final decision isn’t what some team members desire, they will be more apt to assist and complete the project if they are given an opportunity to voice their thoughts. Also, you can remind your team that they have input into decision making and can help improve the organization by speaking up.
How can you do it?
Meet with your team regularly. Ask for feedback around projects and assign roles and make changes for your team as a result of their feedback.
On your checklists, add a step that includes seeking input from your team. This will help remind you to take this critical step and form the habit of seeking input.
Remember to follow up with employees when you have used their input to make an improvement. Thank them for their valuable feedback and encourage them to continue speaking up.