Let’s start with leadership author, Simon Sinek. “The strength of the culture, and not its size or resources, determines an organization’s ability to adapt to the times, overcome adversity and pioneer new innovations. When the conditions are right, when a strong Circle of Safety is present and felt by all, we do what we do best. We act in the manner for which we are designed. We pull together.”
You’ve heard me talk about Circle of Safety before, but I want to focus on dependency. Our ability to depend on others to get a job done is not always necessary. A lot of the time we can do it ourselves. But as a leader you are a teacher.
So start depending on people in your team. You’ve given them vision, now give them the opportunity to prove themselves.
Your challenge this week: make an effort to bring your team together by your example of dependence on one person daily.
If the job is meant to be done by one person, don’t make it a two person job. You don’t have time for that. But one of the hardest jobs in leadership is delegation, because often times it’s your problem if it doesn’t happen. So delegate the jobs that can be delegated, even though you might be able to do it better than they can. This may be true, but as a leader you’re not looking to prove yourself, you’re looking to improve and prove everyone else, and not surprisingly, that will prove you.
The ideas for this post came from a highly suggested read, “Leaders Eat Last”.
Written by Emma Pister and Karl Pister