Leaders do have to tell people exactly what to do when a person isn't yet competent--and confident--about the task or assignment. (The whole "leader" thing isn't just about high-concept and vision).
But how do you develop managers who are knowledgeable and committed?
You can build increased confidence and deeper understanding by asking questions designed to help them make their own discoveries and decisions. Here are seven questions to get you started as a "coaching" leader:
As you become more comfortable with probing questions, you'll develop your own. Do you have any favorites now?