People won’t use their initiative if they don’t feel trusted – simple as that!
If a leader is too controlling, perfectionistic, authoritative or autocratic, team members become dependent for fear of the consequences of making a mistake or not meeting the leader’s expectations.
If you catch yourself complaining about your teams initiative, first check if you need to take some responsibility for the behaviour.
To break the ‘Dependency Syndrome’ try this:
Invest more time and energy with your team and build an environment of trust and security. If there are gaps in capability that need to be fixed, they’ll be uncovered more easily if the relationship is open and respectful.
It’s not a case of leaders softening up (in fact, we’re encouraging leaders to be more challenging), it’s about building Professional Intimacy.
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