Many leaders spend so much time running defense and managing from crisis to crisis, they've become blind to the fact that the leadership abilities of their team members are untapped and languishing. The more they do themselves, the less they teach their team, the less engaged the team becomes. The performance results follow the same downward cycle.
So managers complain that the weight of the world falls on their lap and employees complain that their bosses are over-involved, controlling, and horde opportunities to shine in the organization. Not surprisingly, leaders are frustrated and burned out at the same time team members are uninspired and underperforming. Most individual contributors are capable of far greater leadership potential than they demonstrate (perhaps even more than they themselves may believe possible). The catch is, oftentimes someone else has to have the patient attention to look for it, nourish it, and expect it from them.
Get ready to start sharing the floor. Some bosses will have to peel their hands off the reigns while others will happily pass the leadership torch around. Either way, if you are consistent in patiently employing these strategies and modeling these behaviors yourself, you might just be surprised to learn what your team is capable of. You can build leaders at every level, jumpstarting a contagious environment of personal accountability. And just imagine how much better your job will be when you can actually spend time doing the things you enjoy.
Leadership is a renewable resource and worth the investment. Tap into it now.