Good managers speak last

Good managers are astutely aware that they are in a unique situation of influencing their team's thinking.

Good managers use this power asymmetry to encourage critical thinking by:

  1. speaking last so that everyone gets to share their thoughts
  2. expressing vulnerability when sharing an idea for example, asking a team member "since you are the expert, what do you think?" or "I am not sure this is the only way..."
  3. letting some of the members play the role of a devil's advocate i.e. to critically evaluate an idea or a thought
  4. requesting relatively less experienced members to speak first
  5. asking for advice and not projecting their thoughts on to others
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