To be a good leader, you must know your work. To know more about your work, you must first learn more about what others do. You must be the biggest 'busybody'.
HOW TO DO IT
A 'busybody' leader will do these things:
1. Spend 10 mins, walk around and meet a different person each day. Find out what he or she does and consider how you can add value to his or her work.
2. Abandon the "protect-my-turf" mentality. Share what you know with others. And be willing to accept criticism.
3. Grab responsibility and make other people's affairs your own affairs. Celebrate victories and share sorrows.
4. "No" is not an acceptable answer. Go round the rules, question and make things happen. Experiment.
EXPECT NEGATIVE REACTIONS
Of course, the negative leader will respond to such ideas as follows:
a. Spending 10 mins to walk around is a waste of time. You are very free.
b. Don't be so patronising. I don't need others to teach me how to do my job better.
c. Mind your own business.
d. You are indisciplined.
Some emotional intelligence will therefore be necessary to manage such negativity.
To be good leaders, we need to be 'busybody' leaders.