You may be bringing all these burdens on yourself and getting in your own way!
If you answered “Yes” to some or all of the above questions, the solutions to these problems are made difficult. In most cases, the issues you’re experiencing are not positional or company issues. They are personal issues. Executives who suffer from them tend to attribute their predicaments to the nature of their business, or the results of the present economic climate, or weaknesses in their teams, and so on.
However, I have found that when the pattern persists for a period of time, it traces back to how one leads, one’s mindset about others, and one’s personal comfort zone rather than circumstances. The proof is in watching leaders who in the same circumstances produce better outcomes, and do not feel the stresses or run into the same problems. More importantly, the leaders that are able to break free and learn to become better leaders also are able to scale businesses faster, have more effective teams, create better work environments, more easily recruit employees, and generally have better businesses.
The path to changing your leadership style lies in taking a different view of your role and your employees. You have to believe that your employees are talented and want to access their talents. Rather than having just a few people make decisions, you need to engage the entire management team in debate in order to make sure the best decisions are made. After decisions are made, delegate responsibility for execution to the functional managers. Executive leadership and/or owners are responsible for strategy, holding people accountable, and acting as facilitators as issues arise. Doing so can significantly reduce personal pressure, shift accountability for actions off of the executive team, and gain much more leverage within the organization.
Here are key questions you can ask yourself to help determine if you are unconsciously getting in your own way:
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