Management Tip of the Day: Bringing out the best

Thu Jul 29, 2010 9:34am EDT
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BOSTON (Reuters) - The Management Tip of the Day offers quick, practical management tips and ideas from Harvard Business Review and ( Any opinions expressed are not endorsed by Reuters.

The brightest leaders don't just rely on their own intelligence to succeed, but use it to help their people shine as well.

Here are three ways you can help your employees not only feel smarter, but act smarter:

-- Look for ideas everywhere. Don't assume you know where all the new and creative ideas will come from. Involve people on projects not because of their titles, but based on their ability to contribute.

-- Encourage openness. Create a safe environment where your people know they can -- and should -- think, act, and speak with reason. Have a high tolerance for mistakes so people aren't afraid to take risks.

-- Challenge them to get better. Offer opportunities for people to stretch their thinking and behavior. Set the expectation that everyone, including you, should improve their skills.

<p>A young girl reads the day's lessons at a school near Xia Xia, Mozambique on April 26, 2005. REUTERS/Photosensitive/Andy Clark</p>