I know you have heard this old saying, “If you want it done (right), do it yourself.” There was a time that I bought into this cynical way of looking at leadership and management roles.
Hell No, not anymore! Now, when I hear someone quote this phrase in frustration – I know that I am dealing with an inexperienced leader.
Experienced leaders empower people. That doesn’t mean delegate a task to someone and give them enough rope to hang themselves.
Letting people work unsupervised and hanging them out to dry when they fail isn’t empowerment either. Empowerment is about:
- Putting the right people in place / and provide them with feedback of trust.
- Making sure they have pride and passion for the task at hand.
- Giving them the correct information they need to get started.
- Coaching them through developing the skill-sets they need to succeed.
- Helping them acquire the right resources / assistance at the right time.
- Mentoring them through the process.
- Celebrating their success and/or owning their failure.
Hearing, “If you want it done right, you have to do it yourself.” I know someone dropped the ball in one or more of these bullets – and are looking for an escape goat to take the fall; certainly not to take ownership and responsibility of the task.
In my experience, the person saying this phrase is focused on managing their people rather than leading them.
So – do you consider yourself a manager or a leader.