Don’t tell people how to do their job

Fabio Walser Leading others

In part 8 of “The General Schwarzkopf Series”, the General explains why great leaders don’t tell people how to do their job, and why lousy leaders do the opposite.

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If you go ahead and challenge people to do what they know to do best and you give them the authority and […] the resources […] it’s going to exceed anything you ever imagined possible […] because you allowed this synergy of individual initiative to take place.General N. Schwarzkopf

General Schwarzkopf

Norman Schwarzkopf jr was a Vietnam War veteran, commander of the U.S. Central Command and a four-star general in the U.S. Army. He graduated from West Point and fought in the Vietnam War. His career included commanding forces in Grenada and the Persian Gulf War. General Schwarzkopf passed away in December 2012.

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About this Series

“The General Schwarzkopf Series” consists of nine short videos. They are excerpts of a lecture given by General Schwarzkopf in 1998. Each video focuses on one or more topics closely related to leadership.
Despite the largely military context, the examples and advices can easily be transferred to business situations.

You can watch the entire video (56 min) on Youtube.