Be a Boss Who Enjoys Being the Co-Pilot
You’ve been a successful boss. Maybe you even own the company. Perhaps you started at an entry level in the organization and worked your way up.
Hopefully you have hired people who are even smarter about their areas than you are. That’s what makes a great company.
There are times, though, when you ought to let your people lead. In fact, there may be some things they wish you wouldn’t get involved in because they are more experienced with what’s happening presently in your business.
Don’t feel like you must get involved in anything you don’t need to. Feel proud that you’ve developed a great team.
This is even true for meetings. If you find that you always lead your meetings, consider giving your other leaders or employees some meetings to lead. It gives them great experience and shows that them that “there is a leader in all of us.”
QUESTIONS TO ASK YOURSELF
- In what areas am I noticing that my people do a more effective job than I do?
- If I can’t think of any, am I training them properly (including sending them to some seminars that may sharpen their skills)?
- Do I ever see signs that they don’t want me to get involved in something because they feel they can handle it better?
- Did I then know enough to get out of the way and let them “shine”?
- When was the last time I asked one of my leaders or team members to lead a meeting?
- Have I considered rotating people who lead meetings so that they each gain more experience at it and feel like they are a part of things?