Forget That You’re the Leader

Are you showing your team their value to you?

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Libby Goldschmid, the Corporate Director of East Region Sales at Core-Mark International, shares the unique perspective that the best leaders let the fact that they’re the leader fly out the window. “You want people to share their opinions whether they coincide with your thoughts or not because collectively as a group of people you're going to have a better answer than you will singularly,” says Libby.

Your value on your employees is higher when you can collaborate with the team in a way that allows them to have the voice and suggest their positive solutions without fear.

I would say employee engagement, as a leader, when you come from a leadership perspective, it's to forget that you're the leader. Make everybody your peer. Understand that you've got to embrace in them the value of working there, the value of their contributions.

I think so often that leaders will say, "It's my way or the highway," or, "This is the way we're going to do things." And sometimes, as a leader, the quiet leadership works best because you allow people to come up with ideas and scenarios that you never would have thought about on your own. So embrace the differences in people. Embrace the fact that you want people to stand up to you.

You want people to share their opinions whether they coincide with your thoughts or not because collectively as a group of people you're going to have a better answer than you will singularly. Value the employees that you have working for you. Value their differences. Respect and appreciate their differences, embrace their differences and make sure that everybody has got a voice on that table when you're making some big decisions as a group.
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Libby Goldschmid

Libby Goldschmid is the Corporate Director of Sales, East Region at Core-Mark International in Atlanta, Georgia. A graduate of the University of Alabama and member of the Kappa Alpha Theta sorority, Libby has 25+ years of experience i...

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