In the past month or so, my Library has hired two new Department Heads. Both of these new hires report to me, and I am thrilled to get to work with them. But, in working through their training with them, I kept asking myself the question, “what is my goal for these new leaders?”
In thinking about this, I’ve been meditating on something that an employee of my father’s said at his retirement party last summer. She said that the thing that she appreciated most about working for my father was that there were days when he would disagree with her approach, but his answer was, “prove me wrong.”
My goals for my Department Heads are:
- That they’re willing to come to me with new and crazy ideas
- That they’re willing to respectfully and thoughtfully disagree with me
- That in situations where its appropriate, they are able to prove me wrong
What’s my goal for myself? To give them the freedom to succeed and to help them prove me wrong at every step. A little humility never hurt anyone.