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Leadership Today - Practical Tips For Leaders

Sep 22, 2023


Even the best leaders need to listen to broad perspectives. This week we explore ways to gain input from others.



Hello and welcome to episode 202 of the Leadership Today podcast where each week we share practical tips to improve your leadership. This week we explore ways to gain input from others.

As a leader, your decisions can shape the direction of your team and organisation. While your experience and expertise are invaluable, tapping into the insights of your team members can lead to more well-rounded and innovative solutions. Gaining additional input not only empowers your team but also strengthens your leadership. Let’s explore four practical tips to help you gather valuable input from others and make more informed decisions.

1. Foster an Open and Inclusive Environment: Creating an environment where diverse perspectives are welcomed is essential. Encourage open discussions, active listening, and the sharing of ideas without fear of judgment. When team members feel their input is valued, they are more likely to contribute their insights, leading to richer discussions and better decisions.

2. Schedule Regular Feedback Sessions: Set aside dedicated time for feedback sessions with your team. These sessions can take the form of one-on-one meetings or group discussions. Use these opportunities to ask open-ended questions, such as "What challenges are you currently facing?" or "Do you have any suggestions to improve our processes?" Regular feedback sessions not only provide a platform for input but also demonstrate your commitment to continuous improvement.

3. Use Brainstorming Techniques: Brainstorming is a powerful tool for generating a wide range of ideas. Organise brainstorming sessions where team members can freely contribute their thoughts on a particular challenge or project. Encourage a no-judgment atmosphere, and use techniques like mind mapping to ensure everyone's input is heard. Brainstorming sessions can lead to innovative solutions that might not have surfaced otherwise.

4. Implement Anonymous Surveys: Sometimes, team members may be hesitant to share their input openly. In larger teams and groups anonymous surveys can provide a safe space for honest feedback. Use surveys to gather opinions on specific topics, collect suggestions for improvement, or gauge overall satisfaction. Ensure the surveys are well-structured and ask targeted questions to gather actionable insights.

Tapping into the collective wisdom of your team can strengthen your leadership. By fostering an inclusive environment, scheduling regular feedback sessions, using brainstorming techniques, and implementing anonymous surveys, you empower your team to contribute their insights. Embracing diverse perspectives leads to more informed decisions, innovative solutions, and a team that feels valued and engaged. As you integrate these practical tips into your leadership approach, you'll not only strengthen the bond with your team but also harness the power of collaborative decision-making for an even better future.


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