Great Leaders Build a Business with a Legacy in Mind
LEVERAGE YOUR AUTHORITY TO HELP YOUR TEAM THRIVE
As a leader accelerates business growth, their competency decreases as responsibilities increase. For example, can you imagine Sir Richard Branson being competent as a project manager in the construction of a new facility for one of his 400+ companies? Being the smart entrepreneurial leader that he is, Sir Richard Branson finds top talent that can lead themselves.
Micro managers usually aren’t legacy minded people, they want all the glory for themselves. Great leaders strive to make less decisions as the organization grows. They have the ability to leverage their authority to help leadership members and their teams thrive in furthering the company’s mission. These leaders remove or at least lesson the obstacles preventing job performance. They leverage their power as a leader to influence necessary change that will encourage superior business performance.
How to Start Leveraging Your Leadership Position and Expand Your Influence
1. Decrease the number of decisions. Because you have hired the doers that excel in their job performance, give them the authority to make decisions that will empower them to be more confident and competent in goal achievement. Exercise less authority and focus on the organizational legacy.
2. Create mentoring opportunities. Lead the way in creating mentorship opportunities. Structure one- on -one meetings to share with advancing leaders on how to leverage their managing roles. Find articles on effective leadership techniques and discuss how they can use those ideas in their leadership position. Get your leadership team involved in mentoring up and coming leaders. Cultivate a culture of entrepreneurs that are findings new ways to help the organization take ownership in their jobs.
The ideas that I’ve offered may seem to take away your power, putting you in a position of a worker among workers. In reality you have the authority and the responsibility to meet organizational goals. The mindset shift of making less decisions is difficult for many small business owners. It isn’t possible to be the technician, manager and owner and expand beyond a small business. Great leaders understand the importance of shifting their mindset in order to scale their vision. Mentor the next generation of leaders and they will carry your vision long after you are gone.
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