Posted by: kerrywills | December 7, 2018

Leadership means not asking for permission

I have been in several forums over the last few weeks where relatively senior people were looking for permission to do something which aligned to their set of responsibilities. This got me thinking on the subject of accountability and asking for permission.

As I contemplated it more, I realized that good leaders have a vision for what they want to accomplish and they move forward with it without asking for permission to do so. I usually take this approach as well and rarely seek permission for what I believe to be the right thing to do. To be clear, though, I still seek counsel,  run ideas past colleagues who I trust and solicit feedback from team members.


From a manager’s perspective, I also do not feel the need to grant permission especially if I hire competent people who I expect to be accountable for work.



  1. […] Kerry Wills reminds us that we don’t need to ask permission to do the work we are held accountable for. Less than a minute to read. […]

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