A new client shared with me a question they often ask themselves: “Who am I to tell someone what to do?” Oh baby is that a loaded question, so we unpacked it together. Maybe this can help you too.
“Who am I…”
Do you know your strengths, skills, weaknesses, tendencies and passions? Have you aligned your behavior with your beliefs? No wonder lots of us might struggle with this same question… we simply didn’t know who we are and why we’re here.
“… to tell someone what to do.”
There’s an ancient proverb I modified with a little BTL sauce, “Tell me, I may listen. Teach me, I may learn. Involve me, I will do. Engage me, I will grow.” If you agree telling someone something doesn’t always mean they listen, and teaching someone something doesn’t always mean they learn, then why are we, as leaders, always doing the talking and teaching? Makes no sense. However, if you involve someone, they’ll at least be doing something. And if you can engage them too… WATCH OUT!
Know yourself to understand why you’re here and stop wasting your breath telling or teaching. Involve and engage if growth is your aim. You can do more than you think, remember?