Do What You Are Good At

When you lead, the temptation is to try to lead everything.

A worm in your head whispers “I’m the leader so I ought to lead” and you find yourself stepping in to take on things that are not your strengths.

I wonder if you can recall doing that? Most of us can. In fact, I have a hunch that those who don’t recognize over-committing themselves need the most help!

So if you are running everything in your area of leadership, I’d like to invite you to take a step back and ask yourself why?

  • Maybe your team needs to be developed so you can give them more opportunity

  • Perhaps the issue is insecurity in you, and you are frustrating those around you

  • It could be that there are just one or two who are not puling their weight, and your reaction to some is affecting all

  • Sometimes the reason is a leader who is not clear on his or her own strengths and weaknesses, or lacks these insights into the team

Your answer may be different from those suggestions; that’s okay - as long as you find an answer.

Because you can’t lead by doing everything.

Leadership is understanding yourself and those around you, so you can move forward effectively, leveraging each person’s strengths toward common goals.

Or (more simply): Do what you are good at, and influence others to do what they are good at.