Fighting the urge to go it alone when you are busy

For many, there seems to be an inverse relationship between leadership and busyness. The busier the leader is, the more he folds into his own world of technical production. “Get the work out the door. Meet the deadline.” The leader goes missing. The office door is closed. Then, at the nadir of a busy period, the leader is out working with the team, socializing, getting those one-on-ones back on the calendar. The door reopens. I suggest another way. What if, at the zenith of busyness, we leaders intentionally move outward toward our teams. We fight the urge to go it alone. We delegate some of the load, we clearly set deliverables, we meet with our teams. We put the power of the team to work. We win as a team.

by Jonathan Wilson

Jonathan is the Head Coach at Sandcastle Company, a Seattle-based leadership training organization. His first book, Future Leader: Rebooting Leadership to Win the Millennial and Tech Future [link], is now available. Jonathan regularly writes and speaks about The New Leader Way, leadership resilience, and the future of work. He has years of leadership experience in both the public and private sectors, a master's degree from Seattle University, and professional coach training from the University of Miami.

Filed under: Leadership

Published on August 29, 2018

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