Welcome to The SHAPE of a Leader. I write this blog with the SHAPE leadership development program (for women pastors) I lead in mind, but it is for all who are interested in leadership, faith, and the intersection of the two.

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Underpromise and Overdeliver (?)

The whole premise of under-promising and over-delivering is to make sure that you actually DO deliver. Seems like it's the wrong thing for the right reason.  Leaders who under-promise set expectations low or at least less than.  It's better to set expectations high and then establish methods and systems that do their best to guarantee success.

Besides, as a direct report, if my boss doesn't set expectations very high, am I getting the message that he or she thinks I can't deliver or I don't have what it takes?  Hmm...

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