Transforming Teams

Leadership: The Art of Stepping Back

May 09, 2023

Ever have one of those weeks where it feels like you're swimming upstream? Everything seems harder than it should be? Here's a truth bomb: Sometimes we, as leaders, are the ones making it harder. Shocking, right? But don't worry, it's a growth moment, not a gut punch.

Are You the Roadblock?

Leading a team isn't just about solving problems; it's about empowering your team to solve them. Here are some soul-searching questions:

  1. Have you set crystal-clear expectations?
  2. Did you, perhaps, change the goal mid-game?
  3. Do you allow your team to tackle problems in ways you wouldn't have?
  4. Are you a perpetual "rescuer," swooping in to solve everything?

If you answered 'yes' to that last one, it's time to unclench those reins.

The Power of Stepping Back

In the business world, a hero complex can be a villain. Your killer problem-solving skills might have landed you the leadership role, but guess what? To elevate your team, you need to evolve too.

🎧 Dive deeper into this topic in Episode 37 of Managing Made Simple. I break down how to suppress your inner 'fixer'—yes, even when it's quicker to just do it yourself—and why it's a game-changer for your team and business.

Open-Ended Questions for the Win

Instead of taking charge, encourage your team's independent thinking. Ask:

  • Where are you getting stuck?
  • What else have you tried?
  • What has worked in the past?

These questions do wonders for empowering your team. They'll realize they're not just cogs in a machine; they're the architects of their own solutions.

The Road to Clarity

Nervous about letting go? Start by setting laser-focused expectations. The clearer the goals, the better your team can chase them down.

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