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7 Ways To Say โ€œNoโ€ To Your Team and Still Be Supportive

Posted on 9th October 2023

๐ŸŒŸ Youโ€™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.

Thatโ€™s why quite often you end up saying โ€œyesโ€ when youโ€™re already overwhelmed enough ๐Ÿ™…โ€โ™‚๏ธ .

Hereโ€™s how ๐Ÿ› ๏ธ ๐˜†๐—ผ๐˜‚ ๐—ฐ๐—ฎ๐—ป ๐—ฎ๐˜ƒ๐—ผ๐—ถ๐—ฑ ๐˜€๐—ฎ๐˜†๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด ๐˜†๐—ฒ๐˜€ ๐˜„๐—ถ๐˜๐—ต๐—ผ๐˜‚๐˜ ๐—ณ๐—ฒ๐—ฒ๐—น๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด ๐—ด๐˜‚๐—ถ๐—น๐˜๐˜†, ๐˜‚๐—ป๐˜€๐˜‚๐—ฝ๐—ฝ๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐˜๐—ถ๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ, ๐—ผ๐—ฟ ๐—ฎ๐˜ƒ๐—ผ๐—ถ๐—ฑ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด:

โœ… ๐—”๐—ฐ๐—ธ๐—ป๐—ผ๐˜„๐—น๐—ฒ๐—ฑ๐—ด๐—ฒ their request and ๐˜ƒ๐—ฎ๐—น๐˜‚๐—ฒ their input.

โœ… ๐—˜๐˜…๐—ฝ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐˜€๐˜€ genuine ๐—ด๐—ฟ๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ถ๐˜๐˜‚๐—ฑ๐—ฒ for their trust in you.

โœ… Clarify ๐—ฝ๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐˜๐—ถ๐—ฒ๐˜€ and set clear ๐—ฒ๐˜…๐—ฝ๐—ฒ๐—ฐ๐˜๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ถ๐—ผ๐—ป๐˜€.

โœ… ๐—•๐—ฒ ๐˜๐—ฟ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐˜€๐—ฝ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐˜ about your workload and capacity.

โœ… Offer ๐—ฎ๐—น๐˜๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐—ป๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ถ๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ ๐˜€๐—ผ๐—น๐˜‚๐˜๐—ถ๐—ผ๐—ป๐˜€ or resources.

โœ… Focus on ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ๐—ถ๐—ฟ ๐—ฑ๐—ฒ๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ๐—น๐—ผ๐—ฝ๐—บ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐˜, coach, and mentor them.

โœ… ๐—™๐—ผ๐—น๐—น๐—ผ๐˜„ ๐˜‚๐—ฝ to provide support and encouragement.

By ๐˜€๐—ฎ๐˜†๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด "๐—ป๐—ผ" now only you show you ๐—ฝ๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐˜๐—ถ๐˜‡๐—ฒ ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐˜€๐—ฝ๐—ผ๐—ป๐˜€๐—ถ๐—ฏ๐—ถ๐—น๐—ถ๐˜๐—ถ๐—ฒ๐˜€ and ๐—ณ๐—ผ๐˜€๐˜๐—ฒ๐—ฟ ๐—ฎ ๐—ต๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐—น๐˜๐—ต๐˜† ๐˜„๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐—ธ ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐˜ƒ๐—ถ๐—ฟ๐—ผ๐—ป๐—บ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐˜, but you also become a great role model they will mirror.

โ“How often have you said โ€œyesโ€ while you meant โ€œnoโ€ because you didnโ€™t want to be perceived as a selfish leader?

(P.S. if this happens too often in your private life as well, ask yourself: โ€œBy saying yes to all this, what am I saying no toโ€ โ† Thatโ€™s a powerful one!)

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