Hiring for Authority vs. Responsibility

Why do you hire people?   Is it to give them responsibility… or authority?   Let me guess, you hired them to take on responsibility then let them earn the authority, right?

Wrong answer.  Here is why…

You can tell when you hire them for just responsibility because they are frustrated with coming to you to get your permission to do their job.  Your frustration level goes up and you are constantly in touch with staff granting permission to satisfy customers, place orders, wash their hands, etc.

What if you spent the hiring process testing to see if the interviewees could handle the authority (building a trusting relationship with them) and then gave them responsibilities to go along with the new authority you hired them to take on?

Have you ever had a job with a lot of responsibilities and practically NO authority?   Did you like it?

Neither do the hapless people you just dumped more responsibility on.

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