A familiar lament that I have heard from board members.
And naturally the Executive feels that he is overwhelmed with waaaaay too much to do!
Great leaders focus on the things they are good at. Lousy leaders think they have to do everything themselves. Either they don’t get the help they need or are unwilling to delegate to the help they have. But guess what...none of us is good at everything!
Identify what you are good at and focus on that. Stop working all night and weekend and start working smart. If you only do what only you can do, which is probably three or four things at most, you’ll see a quantum difference in the results.
SECRET NUMBER 2 – The Less You Do the More You Enable Others
To accomplish the first secret, you need to assess your competencies. Know those three or four skills at which you excel. Let the other activities fall away...to others! By allowing others to take responsibility you build a strong team. That team will flourish because your organization becomes well rounded.
Yes, I hear you are saying it, “If you want something done right, do it yourself.” And in some cases, that is true. But the one in a million leader who can do it all has yet to be identified, as far as I know.
One of my favorite quotes is an African proverb:
“If you want to go fast, go alone. But if you want to go far, go with others.”
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