Everyone has received a deadline from a boss and immediately felt stressed. For some, this happens multiple times a day, which can feel overwhelming in the moment and discouraging over time.
Autonomy in the workplace is a luxury -- but it shouldn't be. Instead, goals, KPIs, and, yes, even deadlines should be set by teams instead of managers. Micro-managers will hesitate to embrace this philosophy because they want control, which can stifle employees from bringing their A game, and make them overly dependent on their bosses.
Rather than pushing deadlines, leaders should empower employees to manage themselves and one another, fostering the growth of a leader-culture acting on the collective knowledge of the team, rather than the imposed will of one person at the top of the hierarchy.
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