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“You have employees for a reason. They should be good at doing it, and if you’re still doing it, that’s a problem. It means that you don’t trust your employees, and it means there’s a functional issue in your relationship with them. It means they’re not living up to their potential, and they could be prone to exit because you’re not giving them the ability to get the job done.” – Ed Evarts 

Micromanagement is common in organizations big and small, which is why it’s so important to look at the causes behind it and the things that can be done to reduce its effect on everyone involved. Leadership styles can be positively modified if the individual is motivated to do it, and today’s Finding Brave guest reveals how the development of specific leadership skills such as delegation will help create a culture of psychological bravery, which is absolutely critical. 

Ed Evarts is the founder and president of Excellius Leadership Development.  He is a leadership coach, a team coach, and a business strategist and the author of the book Drive Your Career: 9 High-Impact Ways to Take Responsibility for Your Own Success. He is also a fellow podcaster and host of Be Brave at Work.

We all need to find ways to be braver at work, and the valuable insights that Ed shares in this episode will positively impact your leadership and managerial development, as well as improve your overall work environment. 

Highlights from this Episode:

  • The areas where Ed believes that leaders are falling short most often right now [3:13]

  • His thoughts on empathy and its role in the communication process between a leader and his or her team members [4:46]

  • The ways that Ed helps his clients develop more empathy towards others, and why he says that the first step to take will be the hardest [7:12]

  • Why leaders are micromanaging, and how they can stop doing this today [16:42]

  • Some common flaws that exists in the systems of most organizations, which can contribute to micromanagement [19:42]

  • The reasons that leaders should be involving their teams in the decision making process more often [25:07]

  • What psychological bravery is, and where it really comes from [27:48]

  • Tips and strategies for repairing a damaged relationship between leader and team member [31:41]

  • How we can all start being braver as leaders of teams in today’s workplace [37:23]

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Ed’s New Book, Drive Your Career: 9 High-Impact Ways to Take Responsibility for Your Own Success

His Be Brave at Work Podcast

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change by Stephen R. Covey

Dorie Clark’s Episode on Finding Brave 

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“I think the challenges that many leaders face are surprisingly consistent from role to role, or from organization to organization.” [3:13]

“As I look at individuals that I work with professionally, empathy is the most significant skill that’s absent in most corporate leaders.” [4:48]

“You want to practice being more available to others, even if they don’t take you up on it.” [13:13] 

“Leading is not easy. No one ever said it’s easy, and there wouldn’t be a million books out there on leadership if it were.” [27:52]

“I’m pretty comfortable in saying that I think everyone has experienced a moment where they could have been braver and they weren’t, and now they regret it.” [41:07]

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