When coaching a recent client, she asked, “What is the one roadblock do you think I will encounter when improving the culture of leadership in my company?
I responded, “You.”
My client is bright, intelligent, and successful, yet she could not break free to the next level in his business.
Quite frankly, she was her own worse enemy.
- always wanted to know what’s going on with every initiative and project
- tried to be personally acquainted with all the customers
- wanted to master all the technology of the business
- wanted to feel like the hero because no one can do what she can do
My client is doomed to a life of Sysaphean tasks with little hope of business growth, financial freedom, or the ability to take some time off.
The more of the leader necessary to operate the business daily, the smaller the business must remain.
Once we identified that my client was getting in her own way of reaching their true potential, we agreed that she had two choices.
Get comfortable with being the “key” employee and never achieve the kind of time and money freedom she wanted; or,
Choose to make a permanent adjustment that will transform their company forever.
Since I have been a part of helping leaders transform their leadership experience, I can reveal the three time-tested steps to get out of your own way and achieve success.
Look in the mirror – Explain to yourself and your team that you are the limiting factor of the business. By being a micro-manager, technician, loving status quo, wearing too many departmental hats, always the hero, you have been holding back the business’s success. But now it’s time for a change.
Lead – Leadership is void when you are too busy doing the work of the business, but now you must be strong, clear, and decisive. To galvanize this strategic shift in business, create strategic objectives to guide the team.
Enable – Actively engage your team by changing your language from instructive to intentional. For example, tell your team that you intend to achieve an objective and ask them to provide the how.
In all three of these steps, the key is realizing that you must take action because no one else in your company will do it for you. For the few, the brave, those who pursue excellence and not status quo, now is the perfect time for a change.
Outstanding leadership always comes from an outside-and-slightly-elevated look at how you lead.
Then honestly, deciding what type of leader you are?