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A Few Thoughts on Leadership

by Andy Katz, CEO of GridQuire Labs

This month I was invited to have a call with a former professional athlete. This former, very well known and amazing athlete was looking to monetize his brand post retirement from the league. Somehow, the connection thought I would have some valuable ideas. The call was going well and everyone on the call was agreeing with this person and his management. I was the only one who disagreed and laid out reasons why they were all wrong, and provided alternative strategies. Guess who got the meeting? Yours truly.

I could continue this post and discuss sales techniques however I want to transition to leadership. Voicing an opinion that goes against the grain is a skill and confidence that the majority of people struggle to develop. Instead, they develop into a ‘yes person’: a person who consistently goes along with other people’s ideas - particularly those in positions of power, - even if they don’t feel it’s the best solution. They believe this is the safest and most professionally beneficial option.

This is completely WRONG!

As one who leads a growing, dynamic team, I hold high regard for those who respectfully provide an alternative view to my own, but ultimately respect that I will make the final call. I rely on their honest judgment and perspective in order to weigh up and make a final decision.

So, for those in leadership reading this, or aspiring to be, while a yes person’s perpetual advocacy of your ideas might be good for your ego, don’t underestimate the detriment their preoccupation with pleasing you can inflict on your effectiveness as a leader.

You need to help them break the habit, which in turn will help you be more effective.

 

You need to help them break the habit, which in turn will help you be more effective.

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