Often it’s really that simple. Sometimes people just need us as leaders to get the heck out of the way and let them do stuff. Let them create. Let them collaborate. Let them make decisions. Let them hold each other accountable. (Yes, I believe teammates should be the primary source of accountability on teams, not managers. But that’s for another post.)
When your team knows they have to get with you on something–a proposal, an idea, a question, an initiative–what do you think goes through their mind? Anticipation? Excitement? Fear? Dread?
Stop and ask yourself that question. And be vulnerable and honest with the answer.
People want to kick butt. You just need to let them.