Four stupid things smart leaders do that hinder employee engagement

At a recent team meeting, I was reminded that successful leadership often involves simple practices and uncomplicated behavior.

If leadership practices are complicated, you’re doing it wrong.

You don’t have to be a genius to be a successful leader.

Business decisions can be complicated, but leadership practices are generally simple.

Messy puzzle pieces.  If leadership practices are complicated, you're doing it wrong.

Why smart leaders do stupid things:

In some area of ​​your leadership you are a singer who thinks you can sing alone. If you’ve ever watched a talent show, you know that people can honestly believe they’re talented when they’re not. The illusion of competence holds back smart leaders.

Smart leaders do stupid things when they stop learning.

You may think that acknowledging that you are not good at something is a sign of weakness. But you don’t realize how stupid you look when you pretend you don’t have any weaknesses.

You know you’re a pretender when others do things wrong and you always do things right.

Four stupid things smart leaders do that hinder employee engagement:

#1. Skilled people will give up if you tell them what to do.

Incompetent beginners like to be told what to do. Skilled managers hate it.

You could generate a list of possible actions WITH competent managers. But give them a choice of actions they plan to take.

#2. Competent people will give up if you tell them how to do their job.

The best way to insult competent managers is to tell them how to do their job.

#3. Competent people will drop out if you ask for too many updates.

Distrust drives control freaks.

Requiring daily updates from competent people is a sure sign that you have trust issues.

Trust maximizes potential. Distrust undermines talent.

#4. Competent people give up if you don’t notice good work.

Work that goes unnoticed loses its value.

What stupid things can smart leaders do that hinder employee engagement?

(This post was inspired by insights from a team of General Managers.)