# Excessive Dependency on Leadership: How Instructional Designers Can Help Professionals Become Independent
In many companies, it is common for a professional to constantly seek the leader’s help to perform their job. This individual may complete the initial stages of a project, but then require assistance to continue. This behavior is often associated with a lack of experience and critical thinking skills. However, research suggests that when professionals are encouraged to think for themselves, they can modify their habits and become more independent.
As an instructional designer, it is possible to help professionals become more independent and develop their critical thinking skills. One effective way to do this is by requesting that the professional plan their research for half an hour. It is important for the instructional designer to provide guidance and examples of what should be researched. The professional should be encouraged to think about which books or materials will be necessary to complete the research.
After the research, the professional may be asked to evaluate their plan. Were they able to follow it? Did they need to modify it? What changes were made for future plans? The professional can be encouraged to observe the work of other colleagues to learn from them. It is important for the instructional designer to ask the professional to create a list of tasks they can perform independently, such as mapping a process or diagnosing a failure. As the professional becomes more independent, the instructional designer can request that they expand their list.
Furthermore, the instructional designer can encourage professionals to be proactive in seeking help when needed, but also to try to solve problems on their own before asking for help. This is an essential skill to become a more independent and effective professional.
Another strategy that can be used to help professionals become more independent is observation and analysis of the work of other colleagues. This can be done through group or partnership projects, in which the professional can learn from other team members and be inspired by their skills and knowledge.
The instructional designer can also help professionals develop their communication skills by encouraging them to express their ideas and opinions clearly and assertively. This can be done through practical exercises such as simulations of meetings and presentations, in which the professional can practice their communication skills in a safe and controlled environment.
In addition, it is important for the instructional designer to create a positive and encouraging learning environment, in which professionals feel comfortable experimenting and making mistakes. It is essential for the professional to receive constructive and encouraging feedback that motivates them to continue learning and developing.
In conclusion, excessive dependency on leadership is a common behavior in many companies and is detrimental to professional development. However, it is possible to help professionals become more independent and develop their critical thinking skills. As an instructional designer, it is important to provide guidance and encourage professionals to think for themselves by requesting that they plan their research and evaluate their plans. Additionally, it is important to encourage professionals to be proactive in seeking help when needed, but also to try to solve problems on their own. With these strategies, it is possible to help professionals become more independent and effective in their work.
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