Many times leaders are presented with ideas by their teammates. How they respond to these ideas separates the good leaders from the bad leaders.
Think for a minute about how you responded the last time an idea was presented to you by one of your teammates. Did you keep a positive look on your face or a negative one? Were you enthusiastic or dejected? Did you comment positively on the idea or negatively?
I recently read a blog posting on this topic that was helpful to me. Click here to read it for yourself.
I like the ten suggested responses to ideas. Perhaps most of all, I like the notion that no idea is perfect. If you wait for the perfect idea or try to modify the idea so much in an attempt to make it perfect, you lose the momentum created by the idea in the first place. I also really like the idea of running a “trial” or a “pilot” for new ideas – in other words, I like the idea, let’s see if it works the way we think it should.
I thought the 4 principles were helpful: (my summation)
1. Respecting the idea is respecting the idea creator.
2. Don’t exaggerate the challenges you anticipate with the idea.
3. If you change the idea too much, it becomes yours, not theirs. Don’t steal ideas.
4. If they own the idea, they will see it through.
Even good leaders can’t be good all the time for sure. However, hopefully you more often than not encourage the development and presentation of new ideas by your teammates through positive responses.