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You Team On The Drivers Seat

You Team On The Drivers Seat

Everyone has opportunities to take the wheel at work. In fact, it might help to think of your business as an entire fleet of vehicles. Every time a team member serves as the lead on a project or proposes an idea for your consideration, they are in the driver's seat. When team members advocate for themselves or the team, they've got their hands securely on the wheel.

The more often your team has the opportunity to take responsibility and ownership for their performance, the more committed they become to you, the project, and each other.

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As a leader, you are used to being in the driver's seat -- and you may think that you have to be there at all times. But the truth is that you can't be in the driver's seat all the time. It simply isn't sustainable.

To determine the best way to engage your team in their work and entrust them with greater responsibility, you first have to know where they're sitting.

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You would be able to notice a difference between an expert driver and a beginner. The differences are quite small but noticeable. Because of his experience, an expert driver treats and drives the car differently. Beginners might not understand the reasoning behind what the expert driver is doing at first but as they gain some experience in driving, they will be able to understand them. Here, are some driving habits that differentiate expert drivers from beginners.

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