As many of us find out during the course of our management career, we can’t do it all.
Yet there are times when we find the workload that we have is such that there is no-one else but ourselves who can do those parts of the work that are left to do.
As managers, we know that the buck stops with us and as such we plough on with the work we are not able to give to others.
It’s easy to be overwhelmed. It’s easy to do more, take longer and spend more of our lives at work, rather than getting a fair balance between work and everything else.
Yet we feel unable to give more away, because we reckon that we don’t have people who can do more. We don’t have people who have the capabilities to deliver.
And you would be wrong.
It’s hard to accept and evidence will show that the more you support and encourage your people to take on new challenges and grow, not only will you develop them, you will motivate them and they will enjoy their work more.
What’s stopping them?
The tricky answer for you to accept is that more than likely, you are.
Managers know best. Managers are the experts. Managers are the ‘tough at the top’ people who can’t show they can’t – in anything.
Sometimes, we need to get down off the high horse and accept the following:
1. We don’t know everything.
2. We aren’t the best at everything.
3. There are others who know better
4. Our people have talents that we don’t yet appreciate.
Exploring just how much each of your people are able to contribute, often above and way beyond what you might have expected, is a leap of faith; a critical point in your management career.
So test it out.
Find out just what your people have within them, when you ask, support and challenge them.
Suspending what you believe right now and stepping aside of it might well be the evolutionary step that takes your management to the next level.