As leaders, we often think we need to act like we know it all. If we turn to our team members with a question we don’t know the answer to, we might appear weak. If we turn to a peer about a business problem, they might think we’re incompetent.
In reality, this couldn’t be further from the truth.
Not knowing, as the leader, actually empowers others TO know. Your team could very well be holding back their best ideas and most innovative process improvements because you, the leader, know everything and know what’s best. It could be your “I have all the answers” persona that holds your company back from achieving the next level of success.
From a team perspective, when you ask for help or inputs, you empower and embolden your people to put their brain power and creativity to work. The culture this fosters can be powerful and impactful for your business.
From a peer perspective, asking for advice and inputs from a fellow business owner or CEO can provide insights and experiences you may never have considered. It doesn’t mean you are weak or incompetent. Every business leader has common challenges but unique experiences. Having the courage to ask for advice and counsel enables you to leverage the experience of others for your own company.
As the saying goes:
In your business, the “right room” is filled with your team of talented people who are comfortable offering you their best ideas and insights. They know you value their inputs and solutions to company challenges. They know that’s why you hired them. It doesn’t happen by accident – it’s a culture that has to be fostered by a leader who doesn’t have all the answers and freely admits it.
In leadership growth, the “right room” is a peer advisory council, like LXCouncil. It’s a room filled with other business owners, CEOs, and business leaders who are bold enough to admit they don’t have the all the answers individually, but when surrounded by other business masterminds, the answers are surely in the room.
Are you in the right room?
Being around the table with other leaders, listening to their concerns and challenges, along with solutions and best practices can help you take your business and leadership skills to the next level.
If you’re ready to take your business and leadership skills to the next level, and if you think your business could benefit from more insights like what’s offered in this article, let’s start a conversation. LXCouncil may be the perfect next step!
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