Everybody needs the chance to do nothing sometimes – even the leader. But it is very hard for most leaders to accept that sometimes the right response from them is no action at all.
Suppose you are a very good leader and now you have a good team; they understand clearly your vision for the organization. Don’t you think they deserve the chance to show you what they can do? Don’t they need their chance to move forward? Oh yes, you can be around if they need you, but this could be their opportunity to make their mark.
But it is hard, isn’t it? You are the leader – surely you should be out there doing something all the time?
Sometimes doing nothing, letting go and letting the plans you have made just roll out is hard and it takes practice. You don’t have to close your eyes of course – you can see still what is going on. And you may have to grit your teeth because not everyone maybe doing things the way you would. But if they are getting there, isn’t that good enough?
Of course, you feel you should be busy – leadership is too important surely just to step back! But maybe now is the time for reflection on what you have done so far and for you to find inspiration for the future. It is very hard to do that when you are actively engaged in leadership – sometimes you need to step out of the game to see what is really going on.
Refusing to take that step back is common among leaders. Stepping back requires confidence in both yourself as the leader and in your team. In addition, it requires a touch of humility and that is not something modern leaders are known for.
Leaders can begin to believe that they are so important to everything that even the idea of 24 hours of rest once during the week, feels impossible. But surely if you have built a good team and done your job in inspiring that team, they should be able to go forward without your hands-on guidance.
Try it for yourself – just take a deep breath and step back! You may be amazed at the benefits in terms of your own energy, enthusiasm and creativity – to say nothing of the positive effect it may have on those you lead.
Wendy is the Happiness Coach and author of The Wolf Project and a new novel, Blood Brothers, to be published in Summer 2013. As a life and career coach and blogger, she helps people reach their goals and aspirations. As a novelist she hopes to entertain. Oh and she writes poetry too! To find out more email firstname.lastname@example.org, find her on Skype at wendymason14, or call +44 (0) 2081239146 (02081239146 for UK callers) or +1 262 317 9016 if you are in the US.
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