Lateral Leadership DOs and DON'Ts
Top 10 Tips for Lateral Leadership
Let people feel
that they are able to
make a difference and give
them some measures of control over where the
group is going.
donít blame others for
problems. Separate the
person from the problem. Blame joint methods,
Problem Solving Strategies:
Ask for advice.
Donít tell people what to do because they may
hear it as an accusation or as a threat to their
status. Ask open questions instead. Explain the
purpose of your question and invite your
colleagues to participate in the thinking and
contribute their thoughts. Make sure your
colleagues get credit for helping aim your
groupís efforts and creating a joint proposal.
thoughts and ideas in a way that encourages
others to join in the thinking. Ask your
colleagues to evaluate your idea and challenge
your thinking. Encourage disagreement on the
merits. Having done so, ask people to sharpen
your idea and improve on it.
Donít advocate one
idea. Focus on the desired outcome and look for
the best ideas from whatever source.
of the new behavior or method. Make it
attractive if you want to change the way your
group works and get everyone to take part.
Design an interesting, active, empowering, and
remarkable role for each person that he or she
will want to play.
pictures Ė a picture may be worth a thousand of
colleagues to invent plans for implementing an
idea. What strategies might be wise? What is the
next step? Give everyone a hand in shaping the
change. Everyone should feel sufficient
ownership of the new practice to want it to
succeed and to try to make a new method work.
Lead by example,
model the desired behavior Ė it is often the
best way to explain an idea, to demonstrate your
ability to take an initiative, and to influence
If your colleagues
donít react the way you want them to,
acknowledge good reason for their behavior,
assume that you are doing something wrong, and
improve your contribution accordingly to get the
If you would win a man to your cause,
first convince him that
you are his sincere friend.