7 Ways To Say “No” To Your Team and Still Be Supportive
Posted on 9th October 2023
🌟 You’re a great leader, and you care about your team, so when they knock at your door, you want to be open, supportive, and empowering.
That’s why quite often you end up saying “yes” when you’re already overwhelmed enough 🙅♂️ .
Here’s how 🛠️ 𝘆𝗼𝘂 𝗰𝗮𝗻 𝗮𝘃𝗼𝗶𝗱 𝘀𝗮𝘆𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝘆𝗲𝘀 𝘄𝗶𝘁𝗵𝗼𝘂𝘁 𝗳𝗲𝗲𝗹𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗴𝘂𝗶𝗹𝘁𝘆, 𝘂𝗻𝘀𝘂𝗽𝗽𝗼𝗿𝘁𝗶𝘃𝗲, 𝗼𝗿 𝗮𝘃𝗼𝗶𝗱𝗶𝗻𝗴:
✅ 𝗔𝗰𝗸𝗻𝗼𝘄𝗹𝗲𝗱𝗴𝗲 their request and 𝘃𝗮𝗹𝘂𝗲 their input.
✅ 𝗘𝘅𝗽𝗿𝗲𝘀𝘀 genuine 𝗴𝗿𝗮𝘁𝗶𝘁𝘂𝗱𝗲 for their trust in you.
✅ Clarify 𝗽𝗿𝗶𝗼𝗿𝗶𝘁𝗶𝗲𝘀 and set clear 𝗲𝘅𝗽𝗲𝗰𝘁𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻𝘀.
✅ 𝗕𝗲 𝘁𝗿𝗮𝗻𝘀𝗽𝗮𝗿𝗲𝗻𝘁 about your workload and capacity.
✅ Offer 𝗮𝗹𝘁𝗲𝗿𝗻𝗮𝘁𝗶𝘃𝗲 𝘀𝗼𝗹𝘂𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻𝘀 or resources.
✅ Focus on 𝘁𝗵𝗲𝗶𝗿 𝗱𝗲𝘃𝗲𝗹𝗼𝗽𝗺𝗲𝗻𝘁, coach, and mentor them.
✅ 𝗙𝗼𝗹𝗹𝗼𝘄 𝘂𝗽 to provide support and encouragement.
By 𝘀𝗮𝘆𝗶𝗻𝗴 "𝗻𝗼" now only you show you 𝗽𝗿𝗶𝗼𝗿𝗶𝘁𝗶𝘇𝗲 𝗿𝗲𝘀𝗽𝗼𝗻𝘀𝗶𝗯𝗶𝗹𝗶𝘁𝗶𝗲𝘀 and 𝗳𝗼𝘀𝘁𝗲𝗿 𝗮 𝗵𝗲𝗮𝗹𝘁𝗵𝘆 𝘄𝗼𝗿𝗸 𝗲𝗻𝘃𝗶𝗿𝗼𝗻𝗺𝗲𝗻𝘁, but you also become a great role model they will mirror.
❓How often have you said “yes” while you meant “no” because you didn’t want to be perceived as a selfish leader?
(P.S. if this happens too often in your private life as well, ask yourself: “By saying yes to all this, what am I saying no to” ← That’s a powerful one!)