The United States Marine Corps is known for a lot of things – developing strong leaders chief among them. I learned a valuable lesson about leadership early on in my Marine Corps days, which directly applies to many small business owners I know.
While many small business owners follow the mantra, “If you want something done right, you’ve got to do it yourself,” this just isn’t scalable.
Whether it’s driven by fear that things won’t get done (or get done to your standards) or a need for control, if you can’t delegate then you make yourself a bottleneck in the growth of your business.
What I teach developing leaders is this, being the one responsible for getting the toilets cleaned doesn’t mean you have to be behind one on your hands and knees with a toothbrush.
If you’re a private (employee) that may be your role. But if your a Sergeant (manager) it’s your job to supervise. And if you’re the Commanding Officer (owner), it’s your responsibility to delegate the work to those qualified and trust that it will be done correctly.
If things go wrong, you look at your managers and evaluate whether they’re qualified, properly trained, and fully empowered to do the job and that you’ve effectively communicated the requirements and expectations for success.
The bottom line is, if you want your company to grow and to thrive, you’re responsibility is to select the right people, train and support them, and then GET OUT OF THEIR WAY!
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P.S. If improving your mindset to be more productive and effective as a leader and problem solver in your business is your goal, you might like my 20-minute guided meditation, which is available for free to download to your phone or PC.