Leadership Nudge® 381 – Leaders don’t provide all the answers

April 6, 2022by Sandy Wilmer

Instead of giving all the answers, leaders provide opportunities for the team to learn the answers and make decisions. Watch as Peter explains.


I’m in the beautiful French Alps, at the wonderful resort of Mirage. I’ve been coming here for about 21 years with the same group of people. And what I realized this week is that for those 21 years, I’ve loved taking on the role of the kind of ski guide – the leader – the person who’s mapping out the routes that we’re going in. But the other day, we were having a conversation and one of my friends, who’s been on nearly all of those trips, said, well, she wanted to go home early. And so we talked about it. And she said, “But I don’t know which way to get back, because I don’t know my way around here.” And I realized that for the last 21 years, I’ve been leading the group. But in doing so, I’ve been providing all of the answers. And now we get to a point where they have to make a decision on their own. They don’t know what to do. And it reminds me about the importance that we have as leaders of not being the person with all of the answers, because if we’ve always got the answers, people aren’t learning. And then you end up on the top of a mountain, not knowing how to get home. So our Nudge to you this week is: Where are you blocking learning by providing all of the answers? 

I’m Peter Russian live from a cable – – from a chairlift in the beautiful French Alps 

Sandy Wilmer

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