One of the pioneers of this school of thought is the great Navy Captain David Marquet . He "imagines a workplace where everyone engages and contributes their full intellectual capacity, a place where people are healthier and happier because they have more control over their work—a place where everyone is a leader." This type of workplace produces several other unintended results such as an increase in productivity, a happier environment, and a place where employees feel more engaged and appreciated.
Ensuring your employees feel trusted to make key decisions for your organization is one of the central tenets of intent-based leadership. Leaders are able to focus on strategy and the bigger picture when all of the working mechanisms in the machine work according to plan. And for the moments when things do not go as planned, you should be able to trust your employees to utilize their expertise and demonstrate their own leadership skills. .
Your employees truly know what to do, otherwise, they should not be a part of your team. Leading employees to make decisions in the best interest of the whole is one thing, but truly empowering them to believe in their own abilities and shine even when no one is looking is another matter entirely.
A critical pillar of intent-based leadership includes providing clarity. When you are able to clarify roles and processes, your team is more equipped to be successful. Also, there is less internal confusion because everyone is the captain of their own ship. Clarifying roles and responsibilities also makes it easier to trust your employee to do their job, since they are very clear as to what that is.
If you are a leader in your organization, you should be very familiar with their Mission and Vision statement. Your team should also know it and be clear as to how their jobs contribute to the whole. When their jobs and work has meaning and value they feel inspired to work and engagement increases as well as productivity.