In today’s interconnected and collaborative workplace environment, leaders often find themselves needing to make requests rather than commands. Rae Ringel, in her article “Mastering the Art of the Request,” delves into why making effective requests can be difficult and offers insights and strategies on how to communicate them. She breaks down the request into five elements and explains how to push back on non-responses. The art of making requests, though challenging, is an essential skill for leaders to master in order to yield desired results.
- The contemporary work environment emphasizes collaboration and autonomy, making the traditional command approach less effective. Leaders need to master the art of making requests without alienating or disempowering others.
- According to the author, effective requests must include clear communication of what is wanted, from whom it is wanted, when it is wanted, the conditions of satisfaction, and the context. Each of these components ensures that the request is specific, clear, and likely to be acted upon.
- Leaders often encounter vague and non-committal responses like “I’ll try” or “Sounds good.” These non-responses can hinder progress, and the author emphasizes the importance of following up to get a firm response.
- Sensitivity to potentially offending employees or appearing to encroach on work-life balance can lead to diluted requests. However, clear and well-articulated requests are essential for everyone’s understanding and fulfillment of responsibilities.
- The ability to make clear, actionable requests is a valuable skill that enhances collaboration, builds connection, and fosters a more efficient and harmonious working environment.