As a leader within your organization, you must encourage and enable ideas from your staff or team. As your team collaborate and discuss projects or ways to improve the business, they raise ideas that you have not considered.
To be open to ideas from your staff or team, will require you to be respectful, listen, accept criticism, acknowledge others' input, and allow participation. You will need to be humble and gracious towards your team and ensure they feel safe to express ideas and are aware that they will be acknowledged and heard.
Collaboration with your team can enable innovative ideas and concepts to be discussed, experimented, or implemented and draw everyone together to work at their best and edify each other along the journey.
Being open-minded to ideas brought forward by your team helps you learn and expand your knowledge base. You improve your skills and together the team can discover further opportunities to grow and expand. Your relationship with the team can become more respectful and you learn empathy. It is worthwhile to build trust, affinity, and harmony among your teammates. As their leader, you set the attitude and culture of the work environment.
So, this week, how can you be open to ideas from your staff or team?