This week's blog was inspired by Andy Stanley's book "Next Generation Leader". Five primary obstacles are identified by Andy for leaders to adopt their way of thinking.
- The Quest for Balance
We have all heard of being well-rounded and knowledgeable in all aspects of our respected profession. However, being a leader, it is more important to have a focus. Focus on your core competencies and build your team to bring the well-roundedness under your leadership.
Defining what only you can do should be your focus and stick to it. My core competencies I focus on are: building trusted relationships, creating opportunities, be a leader, invigorate/energize the team and tell our story.
- Inability to Distinguish between Authority and Competence
Just because you have the authority, it does not mean you have the competency to lead every single aspect or task. Think about that for a moment. Good leaders need to know where they are competent, seek knowledge if they must, before deciding if they should exercise their authority.
- Inability to Distinguish between competencies and noncompetencies
Leaders who are successful in some areas feel they can have the same success in most other areas as well. Know your competencies and grow your success in those area. Know your noncompetencies or more often referred to as your weaknesses.
All great leaders know most of their weaknesses and are not afraid to admit them. One of mine is "letting go" as many of you have heard me share a few times as a work in progress.
This is a very powerful obstacle. Leaders are reluctant to delegate certain tasks they dislike and presume others will not like them either. This is not usually the case.
As a leader, you must learn everyone on your team benefits when you delegate tasks to others that are not your focus or tasks that are out of your core competencies.
I always find myself feeling guilty handing off proposal preparations for pricing and specifications when I can do this myself. It is best to delegate since it is virtually impossible for me to be on top of all the changes happening hourly in our sector. We have a great team that takes care of these type of responsibilities!
- Unwillingness to Develop other Leaders
Tough one for most leaders to fully embrace. When we get caught in the trap: "If I want it done right, I will do it myself" we have to look in the mirror. As the leader, we must provide the tools each team member requires to be successful, to help them grow and understand the value of their contributions.
Remember your team are the ones who follow us the way we have led them. If there is no one to delegate to, then it is our own fault.
What obstacles do you face as a leader?