Leadership is not expecting common sense

05 Apr 2022

Leadership Should Not Assume Common Sense Is Common

Leadership is not common sense. 85% of leaders work on the assumption of ‘common sense’ and assume that their team know what they should do, to what standard they should do it, and when it should be done.

There is no common sense.

The assumption of common sense creates confusion, misunderstanding, and wasted time and effort.

There is no school that teaches team members to intuitively know and understand what their leader wants, give the myriad of differences in language, culture, gender, experience and competence we all possess (to name just a few).

As a leader, if we want something done in a particular way, to a particular standard and at a particular time – we need to tell our team – collectively or individually.

Are you:
🤔. Getting frustrated that your team turns up to Zoom meetings a few minutes late and feel like it is wasting your time? Have you told them?

🤔. Every wonder why someone took the initiative to complete a document / task for you last week and didn’t do the same thing again this week? Do you tell them how much you appreciated it or did you assume they knew?

85% of leaders don’t tell their teams what they want – therefore 85% of teams fly blind to their leaders expectations.

If your or your business expect efficiency and effectiveness, then that is a lot of opportunity for things to go wrong. It is a lot of opportunity for wasted time and effort, misunderstood goals, frustration and annoyance.

Does this sound familiar to you?

Here is another statistic. In my experience, after becoming aware that their team is flying blind to expectations, less than 25% of leaders actually do something about it and talk to their team. They make excuses – ‘I don’t have time’ (but you are wasting plenty), ‘What would they think if I say what I want’ (Finally! Now I know why you get annoyed or frustrated at my actions), ”They know what they have to do’ (despite clear evidence that they don’t), ‘It seems so simple’ (Yes it is, if you actually talk about it).

While it might seem simple, there is actually a process to making simple changes in behaviour to get more of what you want and need as a leader. If you want to know about this process, write in the comments or leave a DM. Imagine what it would be like if your team actually did what you asked and what you wanted? Would it make you, your team, your business more efficient and effective?

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