“Collaboration has no hierarchy. The Sun collaborates with soil to bring flowers on the earth.”
I love the magic in a meeting or a conversation that happens when the focus is on what is being said, not who is speaking. That’s when a team is working together to solve problems and not simply waiting to be told what to do. Teams will be most excited and most engaged when the weight of the words being spoken by any one contributor aren’t first measured by their title or position. The leaders job is ensure this happens by creating an environment that recognizes and rewards collaboration and the results that occur.
The traditional model of leadership hierarchy has its place, at specific times and for specific purposes. But if you want to unlock the real potential of a team as a leader, ask more questions and facilitate more collaboration.