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Gifted and Dynamic Public Speaker, with a gift of Servant Leadership. Engineer by degree, Leader by Destiny. My goal is to make people better so that they lead a successful life and career.

Creating Dependence with Restriction

What does it mean to create dependence with restriction?  What in the world am I talking about?  This is the situation in which a leader intentionally make his people believe that he is needed in order to have success.  Not only is he needed, but the team members can not achieve success on their own.  The leader will make all of the decisions, chastise his team for making an independent decision, and withhold growth opportunities for the team.

This can also apply to families.  Typically, it is a parent who is an overzealous disciplinarian.  The parent will govern the household through fear rather than love.

With either situation, the outcome is the same…you create a situation in which your followers are robots and computers – they can only do what they are programmed to do.   There is no independent thought or confidence that they can achieve a task on their own.

obviously, this situation is not sustainable, as if the leader moves on (either voluntarily or involuntarily) the team will struggle to succeed.  Leaders like us know that we need to build leaders, not followers who are dependent on their ever need.  We will encourage people to develop the solution themselves, and only bring it to the us for review or confirmation.

For our families, we as parents must encourage our children to develop thought on their own.  If they learn how to form rational thought while they live with us, they will be able to survive when they are living on their own.  Finally, our spouses should be encouraged to support us side by side.  As I mentioned in “Great Minds Think Alike“, we should support our spouses so that we can make effective decisions together.

To avoid creating dependence on your team:

1.  Encourage independent thought

2.  Require that your team develop a solution prior to bring you the problem.

3.  Always seek to learn, understand, and grow.

Have you been in a situation with a dictator and not a leader?  What did you do to change the situation?  How have you encouraged independent thought on your team?

Kontinue to Konker.

Chadwick Taylor is CEO of KONKERER Leadership

He helps clients develop leaders with a servant mentality through individual development and workshops

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