In a recent post by the very wise Corey Jahnke, he looked at what can happen when a leader totally relinquishes responsibility. In Corey’s example he referenced a person leaving a difficult situation for his unequipped employees to handle without his guidance.
As you can imagine, it didn’t work out very well.
It reminded me of a well-known saying in leadership circles:
Delegate, but don’t abdicate.
I learned that phrase from a mentor many years ago when he noticed an area of my very young but growing business that I wasn’t paying attention to simply because it held no interest for me. I had hired another person to take care of it and left it at that. This person was equipped to handle it much better than I was. Still, it was my business, not his. Thus, it was incumbent upon me to at least be on top of it.
His advice was profound and I never forgot it.
No, I never forgot it. But, I must admit there were times I ignored it. And, whenever I did it came back to bite me. Fortunately, I’ve improved in this regard over the years.
It’s still my nature to want to ignore that part of my business that holds no interest to me. Fortunately, my business partner Kathy Zader is not only terrific in those areas where I’m lacking, she keeps me involved, as well.
Yes, let’s focus on the parts where we excel, what is most fun and what keeps us inspired and action-oriented.
And, let’s delegate those other parts to those who do it better and enjoy it more.
Delegate — don’t abdicate.
How do you do in this regard?
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