While ingenuity and curiosity are championed as desirable qualities in employees in the modern workplace, this is only true in practice to an extent. In fact, it’s the greatest desire of many leaders that employees simply keep their heads down and follow orders, without challenging or questioning processes.
Yes, this makes life easier for leaders who see themselves as an archetypal ‘boss’ first and the head of a team second, but this is a dangerous mindset. Those who are unwilling to be challenged are also unwilling to have their ideas expanded by the combined knowledge of their teams. The role of a leader isn’t simply to blindly forge a path, but to utilise the experience and perspectives of those around them.
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