The most influential leaders include their coworkers in the decision making process. There is no room for pride; ego is checked in at the door. Participative leaders solicit opinions and recommendations from the environment’s body and from my experience- ask trustworthy members to completely take on the full responsibility of multiple initiatives. Participative leaders do this because they prefer an individual with the right skill-set to exercise their talents above the pride of not being the “go to” person. Simply put, they do this for the success and growth of the organization over a pat on the back. In its essence- participative leaders are selfless. It is often said that if you have to go around telling everyone that you are the leader, then other than from a title perspective, you really are not the organization’s true leader. “Participate” is an action word. Those who participate take part; sleeves are rolled up and efforts are directed at solving the problem and accomplishing the goal through direct involvement.
I remember the lasting relationships I developed with my Soldiers as we all remained at work hours into the late evening ensuring we accomplished a mission on time. We gained confidence in each other not only because we found the answers but also because we solidified our trust in each other for the coming tasks. That was more gratifying than any individual mission set because of us all actively participating in the problem solving we built a lasting relationship knowing that we could depend on each other for help if and when the next time arose.
How has participating in problem solving in your organization improved your relationships with your coworkers? Is it lasting? Can you call on relationships you’ve made in previous encounters for assistance in current initiatives?
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~Andrae Ballard is a graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point where he was commissioned as an Infantry Officer. He has served at every echelon from platoon through Corps level operations. He is also a part-time faculty member at Central Texas College, teaching in the Mathematics Department. He holds a BS in Systems Engineering from West Point and an MS from Central Michigan University in Human Resources Administration.
~Andrae’s most recent assignments include serving as the Aide-de-Camp to the 8th Army Commanding General in Yongsan, Korea, as well as the Public Affairs Officer for the Special Operations Command Korea Commanding General. His deployments include multiple combat tours in Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom (Afghanistan).
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