This is a repost from one of my very favorite leadership bloggers and I am reposting it because these very thoughts have crossed my mind a billion or more times. Join in or leave them be. I have an AWESOME team and I know they are awesome …but sometimes it is hard to resist joining in …truth 🙂
They’re Better Without Me
Step away let others play without you
Step away. Let the players play.
The meeting after the meeting:
The meeting went long because we were finalizing things. It’s understandable, but I’m committed to short rather than long.
After the meeting, I quickly walked out and engaged another leader for a moment. Everyone else remained in the room. Stepping back in, several huddles had formed.
My first inclination, join in.
My second inclination, turn and walk out.
The first inclination is a player’s inclination. Give me the ball. Let me play, too. My second inclination, walking out, demonstrates a coach or leadership inclination. I often feel tension between the two.
They’re devoted to our organization. We share values. They know where we’re going. They’re better without me.
Create and maintain inspirational environments.
Keep out of the way!
In the end, the ball’s in their court, not mine.