Leaders must transition from being responsible for the job, to being responsible for the people who are responsible for the job.
This truth from Simon Sinek is profound. Too many leaders get trapped into trying to do the job they used to do, or trying to accomplish the mission their organization is responsible for and lose sight of the fact that doing the job is no longer in their job description. As a leader their new job is to build into and be responsible for the people who are responsible for the job.
Many leaders will not do this because it is counterintuitive to them. For many, to be the leader is to get the job done - themselves if necessary.
But, in becoming a leader our job shifts in important ways.
It is the move from focusing on my work to focusing on the those who are doing the work. This includes:
- Providing maximum clarity to your team as to what the organization is about, where it is going and how it is going to get there.
- Ensuring that all your team are on the same page and going in the same direction.
- Mentoring, coaching and helping your team be successful.
- Creating a high impact team of healthy individuals working synergistically together under good leadership with accountability for results.
- Training new leaders.
- Ensuring your team has the resources they need to get their job done.
Notice that each of these activities is not about our doing the job but investing in those who do the job.