It is important to note that there is a huge difference between providing direction and directing. Directing is an ongoing day-to-day activity designed to keep teams on track. Direction is a leader’s ability to point the team in the right direction, while influencing them to visualize a successful outcome and then get out of their way.
The fact is that many teams are starving for direction from their leaders, yet only receive directing instead. If you communicate direction clearly, you can use directing sparingly. You should only need to step in with positive energy and directing only when they start to move off course.
When providing direction to your team, you must include three important steps. You must be:
- clear and concise,
- provide positive feedback, and
- communicate purpose.
“The best executive is one who has sense enough to pick good people to do what he wants done, and self-restraint enough to keep from meddling with them while they do it.”
- Theodore Roosevelt