Stay Out of Your Own Way!
Do you spend significant time feeling that too much is going on? Are you frustrated by how little time you spend on the strategic aspects of the business? Are you doing tasks and involving yourself in things you should not? Are you wondering how to carry less stress, responsibility, and pressure? You may be bringing all these burdens on yourself!!!
Are Your Issues a Personal Issue?
If you answered “Yes” to some or all of the above questions, the solutions to these problems are made difficult because in most cases they are not positional or company issues. They are personal issues, and executives who suffer from them tend to attribute their predicaments to the nature of their business, or the results of the present economic climate, or weaknesses in their teams, and so on.
It Boils Down to How One Leads
However, I have found that when the pattern persists for a period of time it traces back to how one leads, one’s mindset about others, and one’s personal comfort zone, rather than circumstances. The proof is in watching leaders who in the same circumstances produce better outcomes and do not feel the stresses or run into the same problems. More importantly, the leaders that are able to break free and learn to become better leaders also are able to scale businesses faster, have more effective teams, create better work environments, more easily recruit employees, and generally have better businesses.
How to Change Leadership Style
The path to changing your leadership style lies in taking a different view of your role and your employees. You have to believe that your employees are talented and want to access their talents. Rather than having just a few people make decisions, you need to engage the entire management team in debate in order to make sure the best decisions are made. After decisions are made, delegate responsibility for execution to the functional managers. Executive leadership and/or owners are responsible for strategy, holding people accountable, and acting as facilitators as issues arise. Doing so can significantly reduce personal pressure, shift accountability for actions off of the executive team, and gain much more leverage within the organization.
Are You Getting in Your Own Way?
Here are key questions you can ask yourself to help determine if you are unconsciously getting in your own way:
- How well would your direct reports rate their inclusion in decisions?
- How well would your people rate your giving them full autonomy to do their job well?
- Would your people accuse you of underutilizing their talents or not even understanding what talents they bring to your organization?
- How much of your time is spent setting strategy, coaching and facilitating others versus doing it yourself?
If you are interested in improving how well you function as a leader and how your leadership team functions, let’s schedule a time to further discuss your business. Call Howard Shore for a FREE consultation (305) 722-7213.