In praise of incompetent managers

By Dan Rockwell via leadershipfreak   Article

Do-it-yourself managers:

  1. Get things done.
  2. Want the job done right.
  3. Have confidence and grit.
  4. Don’t need to be told what to do.
  5. Make important contributions.

Competence gets in the way, when you do it yourself. …

Do-it-with managers:

  1. Know what makes teammates tick. Project: Make a list of your teammates. Now, list their passions, character traits, skills, and aspirations. How will you help them develop and express their best?
  2. See energy in others and fuel it. Successful leaders constantly follow, manage, and fuel energy. People with energy represent the future.
  3. Ask, ‘What do you think?’
  4. Say, ‘You try,’ after brief explanations. Skill is developed as you go, not before you go.
  5. Allow others to struggle, but stand ready to help.
  6. Give meaning to jobs by explaining the big picture.
  7. Accept that it takes time to develop skills.
  8. Do one-time activities themselves, if they are good at them.
  9. Assign stretch projects.
  10. Help people find their confident stride. It’s better to go slow now to go fast later.”
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