Just because you can do something doesn’t mean you should. I know it feels quicker or more rewarding to do it yourself: to answer that question, respond to those emails and/or solve the problem of the day. However, every time you jump in and do something that others could do, you detract from your own work, work that only you can do. You also hinder others from learning, leading and working at their appropriate level.
We each have only eight to 10 good working hours per day, so it’s imperative we leverage ourselves first, and then coach and develop others to do the same.
START WITH YOU
What are the two or three crucial things someone at your level of leadership needs to be spending the majority of their time on? • What is your real job?
• What is it that only you can do from your title and position of power?
• Where do you need to show your face because your presence matters enormously?
• What communication can only come from you?
Where do you currently spend the majority of your time?
• Look at your calendar. What changes need to occur?
What do you do that really needs to be owned by others?
• Who else can do those things?
Who really needs to own those tasks?
• Who do you need to hire/teach, coach and develop to lead those responsibilities and own areas of the business?
What is your plan and timeline to ensure this occurs?
• What communication about these changes – your Strategic Leadership Development Vision (SLDV) – needs to occur (with whom, when and how)?
COACH YOUR TEAM
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