Ever wanted to take a day off or sick day but pushed through because you didn’t have anyone to cover for you?
Maybe you had a presentation only you had the deck for or were hosting a meeting that you thought relied on your facilitation.
Leaders are notorious for hoarding knowledge, processes, or “priority” work all to themselves - even when they don’t have to be the ones involved.
At first glance, you might think it positions you as an indispensable resource, but in reality, it boxes you into thinking that you always need to be “available” or “involved” in order to provide value.
Instead of adopting this mindset, start building out a support team of either employees or fellow leaders that can cover for you when you need to take a step back.
When having someone cover for you, be sure to share relevant context that details:
- Purpose of the work (why is it being done)
- Standard procedures (how you normally would do it)
- Potential roadblocks (problems you’ve encountered)
Just because you’re the leader doesn’t mean you have to be the one to do everything.
Build out a support team that you can trust and allow yourself to take a step back every once in a while.
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