If you’re in a leadership role, you’re likely juggling two very important responsibilities — being accessible to your people, and generating the strategies and ideas for moving the organization forward.   Harvard Business Review Contributor Maura Thomas has recommendations for doing both effectively. Here are two.

Mentor in hindsight. In keeping with the rules of adult learning, employees learn more when they can reflect on an actual experience – good or bad. Rather than giving advice on the front end, ask, “What problems or challenges did you face this week? How did you deal with them? How well did that work out?”

Create boundaries for employee decision-making. Help employees understand when they do and don’t need to get the boss’ permission. When are they allowed to make mistakes in their role? Empower them in ways that free up your time you and attention span.


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