In my experience, asking for help is seen as a weakness by default and typically influenced by past experiences of failure, reinforcing the saying “if I want it done right, I’ll do it myself.”
Unfortunately this thinking keeps most leaders in overwhelm and decreases trust within a team. The #1 job of a leader is to create more leaders, to develop others.
When those past experiences of failure pop up, reflect on how you could have been more clear & take 100% responsible for the outcome — not from blame but a source of power to have a different outcome. Acknowledging that those past experiences also does not mean the future outcome will be the same.
Encouraging others to seek help, insights & advice can invite new perspectives and shine a light on blind spots we all have.
Asking for input and advice can create a healthy dialog and more trust.
Remember to also be more aware of how you respond (or react) when others ask for help. “We’re always training those around us how they should interact with us.”
Why asking for help is important to building trust?
By Robbie MacCue