If You Want Something Done Right…Trust your Team

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.


One thought on “If You Want Something Done Right…Trust your Team

  1. This is a large reason why us recruiters are so concerned with ensuring we are hiring not only the candidate with the right skills and qualifications, but also the candidate who has the right fit for the team/organization.

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