You simply can’t manage without the appropriate amount of authority. In this show, I walk you through six things you can do if you find yourself in this situation. In addition, this is a good check-point for ourselves as leaders to ensure we aren’t putting others into this situation.
The most important thing to know? You can’t manage without authority.
1. What’s likely the scenario?
- Poor communication?
- Organizational politics?
- Discomfort area of the leader?
- Is it you? Do you really need authority in this area?
2. Watch and record what happens (or anticipate what could happen).
3. Connect your objectives and evidence to the bottom-line or organizational mission
- Almost always there is a cost factor
- What does it keep you from being able to do?
- Speaks to the logical minds of many leaders (task-oriented, people-oriented)
4. Make the request
- Be clear on the problem you are trying to solve and what you need
- Have a plan (timeline, steps, etc.)
- Show evidence that you have a plan
- Be prepared to get something different than you asked for – and ask yourself if it still solves the problem?
5. If necessary, ask to be removed from that project/responsibility
6. If all else fails, find a new position or employer
Here’s a quick check-in for all of us: Are we putting anyone into this situation right now?
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