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"TEACH THE WHY AND HOW" (LIZ WISEMAN AND JOHN WOODEN)
Liz Wiseman is a bestselling author, researcher, and elite leadership coach. In her New York Times bestseller, Multipliers: she researched over 150 leaders worldwide. Liz Wiseman and John Wooden would both tell you that great leaders "Teach the Why and How".
Wiseman refers to great leaders as "Multipliers". She refers to bad leaders as "Diminishers". In her book she put it this way:
"When something is off the rails, do you take over or do you invest? Multipliers invest in the success of others. They may jump in to teach and share their ideas, but they always return accountability to the people they are leading. When leaders fail to return ownership, they create dependent organizations. This is the way of the Diminisher. They jump in, save the day, and drive results through their personal involvement."
Great leaders teach the how and why of handling situations so their team members can get the job done on their own in the future.
"This creates organizations that are free from the nagging need of the leader’s rescue. Multipliers enable others to operate independently by giving other people ownership for results and investing in their success. Multipliers can’t always be present to perform emergency rescues, so they ensure people on their teams are self-sufficient and can operate without their direct presence."
John Wooden invested the time to teach his players the "why and how" of defensive fundamentals. As a result, they could react properly to any situation that came up. His players were not dependent on him to come up with a specific scouting report or technique to play great defense for each opponent.
Coach Wooden often used this Abraham Lincoln quote: "The worst thing you can do for those you love is the things they could and should do for themselves."
Are you teaching why and how or just providing answers?
Yours in Coaching,
You can talk about your music, and your operatic airs,
Edgar Albert Guest (1881-1959)
For more information visit www.woodenswisdom.com
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