One of my employees came to me with a problem. The solution is not obvious, but there is a path we can follow to get to a solution. I helped identify that path, but then ended the conversation saying “I don’t know, I’m not a genius about these things”. I was trying to express humility and let my employee take the lead for solving the problem, but I what I really did was project doubt upon the very path to a solution I had just suggested.  It would have been much better to simply say “that sounds like a plan, let’s go forward with it”. We both would have felt confident the problem was going to get resolved.