This year’s NSCA Business and Leadership Conference in Tampa, Fla., featured a number of great leaders hoping to provide wisdom, resources and guidance to an optimistic audience.
We return this week to our own businesses with newfound insight on the industry, our employees and ourselves.
One speaker in particular, Liz Wiseman, turned the magnifying glass around, so to speak, to help attendees take a closer look at themselves as leaders. Wiseman is president and founder of the Wiseman Group and an author of many books on leadership including Rookie Smarts: Why Learning Beats Knowing in the New Game of Work, which was available to BLC attendees courtesy of conference sponsors.
Within her seminar on how the best leaders encourage and even amplify the intelligence in others, Wiseman outlined six tendencies of leaders who may be trying to inspire others, but end up accidentally hindering teamwork and ideas.
Wiseman calls these people “Accidental Diminishers,” as opposed to a “Multiplier” who is able to multiply the intelligence and ability of their employees.
“The logic of these accidental diminishers is, ‘People can’t figure it out without me,’” says Wiseman. “They are not bad people. They are trying to help. But sometimes these behaviors can actually inhibit the progress they are trying to achieve.”
If you find one of these actions a little too familiar, it might be time to try one of the following simple workarounds or experiments within your organization.