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You never bring out someone’s best by making them feel inadequate.
You may not mean to intimidate others but you probably do.
You intimidate others if they won’t speak up.
The person with power is responsible to minimize intimidation.
#1. Approve of people.
There’s a difference between approving of others and disagreeing with them.
People feel intimidated when they wonder what you think of them.
Approve of people even when you correct their behavior.
“Failure is an event not a person.” Zig Ziglar
#2. Inquire first. Judge last.
People don’t enjoy feeling judged by your quick brain. Leaders often decide quickly and get bored. “Let’s move on.”
I know a caring leader who gets a blank look on his face when you bring up problems or offer suggestions. He’s kind and open but he unintentionally intimidates people because he seems disinterested.
#3. Meet in their office, not yours.
Your office feels like going to the principal’s office, even if you don’t mean it to feel that way.
#4. Strengthen connection – eliminate distance:
The trappings of power are tools of intimidation.
#5. Don’t blame others for feeling intimidated. It’s intimidating.