Helping Others Succeed – a Leadership Skill


Leaders get things done. There are obstacles, but they figure out how to negotiate them. If someone doesn't get something done, it is for one of these reasons:

  • They don't know what to do
  • They don't know how to do it
  • They don't have the authority (real or relational) to do it
  • They don't have the resources (fiscal or relational) to do it
  • They don't have the discipline to do it
  • They don't have the time to do it (so it must not be really that important to them)
  • They are afraid to try to get it done

Once I can discover why someone isn't getting something done, I can often find a way to help them. Often the reason they say it isn't getting done isn't the real reason. Figuring out how to peel back the layers to discover the real reason is a needed leadership skill.

One comment
  1. David, over the years I’ve learned this in a somewhat condensed form. It’s either a can’t do or a won’t do. I think what’s left off this list is the person doesn’t want to do it. This becomes a disciplinary issue versus a training issue. Despite having time, talent, and resources they just have no motivation to get it done.

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