One of our Intent-Based Principles is that you ‘Lean to Wean’.
You’re trying to create a team that is independent, can think on their own and act as leaders. But when we’re leaning into our team and telling them what to do, we are creating dependence.
So, we need to lean back as a leader and let the team lean forward into us. ‘Lean to Wean’.
The problem is, if you lean back too far and the team used to be told what to do, you can’t just say “Well, you decide.” That’s too much.
That’s why we use the Ladder of Leadership:
- “Tell me about it…”
- “What do you think?”
- “What do you think we should do?”
- “What do you intend to do?”
- “Just do it.”
You should lean back incrementally and wean them off dependence on you; creating independent thinkers and leaders.
Remember: Lean to Wean.
I’m David Marquet, and that’s your Leadership Nudge.