April 17th, 2018
Getting the leading / managing balance right
The leadership that got a CEO to where they are today is not the same leadership that will get them to where they want to be. Many CEOs struggle with how to shift from being say 80% manager and 20% leader to providing more leadership.
So what is the right balance and how does a CEO do this? There is not just one silver bullet answer, but I’d like to share one technique that is working for our clients. Where could you manage less and lead more? Take a few minutes and reflect on the answers to the skills assessment -to download click on the My Skills Assessment below.
You will be asked to list words that describe yourself as a leader, then what three words best describe you, what are the greatest three skills and talents you have as a leader, the greatest value you bring to others and what you should not be doing.
What we discovered from our CEO’s answers were that most of them:
- forgot what their greatest skills are and as a result are utilizing them less than they used to
- there was a direct correlation between their greatest skills and what they loved to do
- wanted to utilize their greatest skills more since that drove the most value and was what their team needed but at a different level than before
- realized they could be a good mentor to others who needed to develop those greatest skills they possessed
- had a very difficult time coming up with what they should not be doing
- but when they did, they realized they had to give that up and allow the team to step up (delegate more and manage less)
- understood they had remained involved in areas of the business they were no longer needed in and could let go (manage less)
As a result, they gained clarity on where they were managing that was no longer needed and where the team needed their leadership direction instead.
Where could you manage less and lead more? Click on the skills assessment (above) and see for yourself.