[Note: if you like to listen to learn, this post is also a podcast episode. Listen to it on episode 98!]
They don’t want to follow. They resist. What should you do with those naysayers?
In this short video blog (vlog), which I'm cross-posting as an 'Ask Halelly' podcast episode, I answer this question:
“How Should I Lead People Who Don't Want To Follow?”
My answer might surprise you:
Could you... thank them?
Yes, I want to push you into a bit of discomfort today and get you to look at this situation with curiosity: how might resistant followers be doing you a favor in resisting? Naysayers can help you avoid bad decisions and maybe even disastrous results, if you truly listen to them.
Watch this very short video to learn:
- How is this like being the captain of the Titanic?
- What to do instead of following your knee-jerk reaction of resentment
- How to nurture your naysayers
- Why courageous leaders should develop courageous followers
- How you can avoid CEO Disease (and what that is)
Here’s the accompanying podcast episode over on the TalentGrow Show.
Here’s the blog post I mentioned that lays out what CEO Disease and 5 tips for nurturing your naysayers.
And here’s the episode with Ira Chaleff about courageous followership and intelligent disobedience.
- Have you ever experienced this kind of situation - a non-follower resisting your leadership? What did you do and how did it turn out?
- What do you think of my counterintuitive suggestion?
- Would you like to submit a question for a future “Ask Halelly” episode? You can use the voice messaging widget right here on the website and then I can even play your audio (with your permission, of course) on the episode! Or you can send me an email, or a ‘contact us’ form on this site, or a comment-based question, or a tweet…. You get the picture. Anyway you like it, I would love to hear your question!
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