While directions and plans may help you put together furniture from Ikea (with a little luck), put together your kids toys on Christmas Eve or even build enormous buildings and superstructures they don’t inspire people to give their lives to a cause or join a movement. After all, Martin Luther King Jr. said ‘I have a dream’, not ‘ I have a plan’.
While telling people what to do may help you accomplish your plan, the dark side to telling people what to do is that it builds a culture that…
1. Repels Leaders
2. Thwarts Innovation
3. Discourages Involvement
4. Stifles the Development of Talent
5. Undermines Creativity
6. Uses People instead of Empowers them
7. Avoids Risk and Plays it Safe
What else would you add to the list? What experience do you have with leaders who seem to have the need to tell people what to do? I’d love to hear your thoughts, leave a comment. Want to dig into this idea further? Check out this TED Talk by Simon Sinek.
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