Tuesday, October 8, 2013
Leaders are defined by the achievements of their team,
not the details of their daily decisions.
Sometimes a leader’s role is not to lead, but rather to act as a mirror. It’s interesting to consider that the highest functioning, most elite team doesn’t need a leader to micromanage or make daily decisions at all. It requires a leader who can ask profound questions and identify the needs of the unit, then remove the bureaucratic barriers so they can defy the odds and accomplish their mission. Ask yourself whether you’re controlling, enabling, or enhancing your team’s effectiveness. Here’s a quick test: if you walked away from your team, would it continue to function successfully without you? If not, perhaps it’s time to consider cutting back on your own decision-making and control, and encourage them to self-delegate & problem-solve among themselves. Are you serving or suffocating your team?